Gunmen have reportedly abducted two journalists, Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, in Tanzania.
Quintal, the Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Mumo, the organization’s sub-Saharan Africa representative, were in Tanzania for a reporting mission.
U.S State Department in a statement on Wednesday said the department is “closely following” the abduction.
The statement read: “We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights.
“The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania.”
Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon also said: “They were detained in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam by officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority.
“The officials took their passports and the journalists were taken to an unknown location.
“We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports.”