In response to reports from the Committee to Protect Journalists that two of their staff were detained by Tanzanian authorities in Dar es Salaam and taken to an unknown location, and their passports confiscated, PEN America issued the following statement:

“PEN America calls on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release the Committee for Protection of Journalists’ Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo, return their passports, and permit them to travel.  We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at CPJ in the face of this alarming action.”

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