The Twitter accounts of two staff of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) who were detained by Tanzanian authorities have been suspended, leading to confusion whether the former Nation reporter Muthoki Mumo and former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal have been released.
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.
Quintal is the Africa Programme Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
CPJ believes that their colleagues' electronics might have been compromised since a tweet was sent from Quintal's account stating that they had been released but no one has contacted them directly from the organisation.
Both Quintal and Mumo's social media accounts have since been deactivated. "Details and reasons for the detention are still not clear", the statement noted.
"We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights", the State Department said in a statement Wednesday.
South Africa's high commissioner in Tanzania was due to meet with Tanzanian authorities on Thursday. She is expecting the report by the end of Thursday.
"The tweet by @angelaquintal was not sent by her", wrote Quintal's niece Genevieve Quintal, also a journalist.
Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated. We don't know why. "We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information". The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.