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Two press freedom advocates taken away from their hotel in Tanzania by security officers have been released, a South African government official said on Thursday.

"However our officials established that they started holding meetings with local journalists and that's contrary to the conditions of their entry permits", noted Mr Mtanda.

The Mail & Guardian said that according to Mabaya, there are a number of issues that the South African High Commissioner will want to be addressed by Tanzanian authorities.

Following an worldwide outcry and negative media headlines in the wake of the arrest of South African journalists, Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Tanzanian authorities have attempted to justify their detention claiming the two misrepresented their intentions for visiting Tanzania, the Nation reported Friday.

They were detained by Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night for reasons that remain unclear.

"We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania".

Quintal is a respected journalist and former editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper‚ amongst other senior positions‚ now working for the media freedom group based in America.

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"It is deeply ironic that through their unjustified and abusive detention of our colleagues, Tanzanian authorities have made their work that much easier, " he said.

The immigration said the journalists were allowed back to their hotel after questioning, however, their travel documents were seized. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports".

The acting chairperson for Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) Deodatus Balile said he was set to supposed to meet with the CPJ staff on Sunday.

Mr Balile said conversations underlined the disappearance of a journalist Azory Gwanda.

Mumo was a journalist specialising in technology and telecommunications at Business Daily but left the media house in March 2018 to join CPJ.

The department announced on Thursday that Quintal and Mumo were released following their detention on Wednesday.

Sanef has called on Tanzanian authorities to return Mumo and Quintal's passports as "a matter of urgency" and allow them to leave the country at their own free will, saying, "We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention".


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