South African journalist and media advocate Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo are now under the protection of the South African High Commission in Dar es Salaam after being released from five hours of detention overnight by Tanzanian immigration authorities.
The two media activists' passports have still not been returned, so they remain effectively detained in Tanzania.
Quintal, former editor of South African newspapers, the Mail and Guardian, the Mercury and the Witness, is now Africa programme co-ordinator at the New York based Committee to Project Journalists. (CPJ) Mumo is the sub-Saharan Africa representative.
The CPJ said in a statement on Wednesday evening."Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this evening, according to Quintal," the CPJ said in a statement on Wednesday evening. "The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked. Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location. They were in the country on a...