South African journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

Tanzanian immigration authorities detained CPJ Sub Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo left and Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal in Dar es Salaam on November 7

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it was disturbed to learn of the brief detention of Committee to Protect Journalist's Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo.

This is according to department of global relations and cooperation spokesperson (Dirco) Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

Other freedoms are also under pressure, with a powerful Dar-es-Salaam official last week announcing an anti-gay witch-hunt to track down people suspected of engaging in homosexuality, which is illegal in Tanzania under British colonial-era laws.

However, on Thursday morning, Ndhivo Mabaya, spokesman for South Africa's foreign ministry, told AFP that "they were both released". "Taken Away from Southern Sun Hotel", she posted.

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The Twitter accounts of two have been suspended, leading to confusion whether Ms Mumo and the former Mail & Guardian editor Quintal have been released.

Earlier on, Quintal's sister Genevieve Quintal faulted information shared through her Twitter account, saying that it was shared by Tanzanian police. We don't know why. "We call on the government of Tanzania to allow journalists to work freely and to allow those who defend their rights to access the country without interference".

The officials - reportedly from Tanzania Immigration authority are said to have searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked. "They were in the country on a reporting mission for CPJ". They were released on Thursday morning but are yet to get their passports back.

Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were permitted to return to their hotel in Dar es Salaam after being taken to an unknown location and subjected to "several hours of questioning", according to a news release.

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