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Tanzania: 2 journalists freed from detention

ANI  |  Washington DC [USA] 

Two scribes from the (CPJ), an American-based independent non-profit organisation, were released from detention in and have departed from the country.

and Muthoki Mumo, the two journalists, were allowed to return to their hotel in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, after they were taken to an unknown location by officials and interrogated for several hours, reported.

The passports of the two scribes have also been returned.

executive director said in a statement, "and travelled to to understand the challenges facing the Tanzanian press and to inform the global public. It is deeply ironic that through their unjustified and abusive detention of our colleagues, Tanzanian authorities have made their work that much easier. It is now abundantly clear to anyone who followed the latest developments that Tanzanian journalists work in a climate of fear of intimidation. We call on the government of to allow journalists to work freely and to allow those who defend their rights to access the country without interference."

Quintal, the program coordinator at the CPJ, and Mumo, the firm's representative, were in Tanzania for a reporting assignment. They were detained on Wednesday by officials, "who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority," according to the

The officers had confiscated the scribes' phones, passports and computers.


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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 09:05 IST