Angela Quintal: 'We were in the country legally'

Journalists around the globe appear to be under siege.

Look no further than what is happening in the United States and look no further than here at home.

As Donald Trump was busy berating the CNN journalist Jim Acosta, halfway around the world another journalist was about to find out exactly what an attack on media freedom can be like on this continent.

READ:Politicians' attacks on journalists very worrying says Sanef's Adriaan Basson

Earlier this month shocking news broke of the detainment of Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Angela Quintal and her colleague, Muthoki Mumo.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Quintal says about ten government officials came to her door.

We were surrounded by officials who claimed that they were there for a routine immigration check which later turned out to be nothing of the sort.

Angela Quintal, Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

She adds that she does not undertake such visits lightly and when visiting a foreign country ensures all paperwork and visas are completed correctly.

So yes we were in the country legally.

Angela Quintal, Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Our hotel rooms were searched. We were told that we were there illegally and when we questioned, what do they mean by that, we were told that they had been watching us and they had seen us meeting people and we didn't have permission to do that.

Angela Quintal, Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Listen below to the full interview:


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