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Campaign stops deportation of NUJ's Charles Atangana

Issue No. 2213

The protest for Charles Atangana  (Pic: Duncan Brown)

The protest for Charles Atangana (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Campaigners in Glasgow were relieved on Monday after Charles Atangana won a temporary halt to his forced deportation.

Charles, a member of the journalists’ NUJ union in Glasgow, was set to be deported to Cameroon at 8pm on Monday.

But a broad-based campaign of protests and political pressure on the government won leave to apply for an appeal for a judicial review.

MPs, MSPs and trade unionists are backing Charles’s fight, as well as his union.

He has lived in Britain since 2004 having been forced to flee Cameroon after detention and threats over his journalism.

A journalist was killed in custody in Cameroon this April.

Activists are now redoubling their efforts to ensure Charles is not deported.

“The amount of support Charles has got is heartening,” said Pete Murray, the president of the NUJ union. “He is one of us. He belongs to Glasgow—it is his home now.”

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Tue 3 Aug 2010, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2213
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