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Journalist freed as he wins reprieve on deportation to Cameroon

Issue No. 2214

The protest outside the court (Pic: Smallman )

The protest outside the court (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Charles Atangana has won a six week review of his deportation at a bail hearing in London today. The journalist from Cameroon in West Africa has already been freed from detention in Dover.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has actively supported his campaign and supporters lobbied today's the court hearing.

NUJ president Pete Murray told Socialist Worker, 'Charles is absolutely delighted. This gives us another six weeks to build the campaign to stop his deportation.

'If he is sent back to Cameroon he will almost certainly be detained, very likely tortured and could face death. This is all for simply doing his job as journalist. If that happened our government would have blood on its hands.

'We want to see to it that the Home Office reviews its own rules about the situation in Cameroon. We need to make sure that other asylum seekers in Charles's position are given more humane treatment.

'We've got this far because of the campaigning. Now people from the Home Secretary down know Charles Atangana's name.

'But tragically people are detained and forcibly deported every day of the week.

'The NUJ has naturally defended Charles because he is a member of our union. He has had hugely generous public support. And now his name is known.'

Charles has been released to a bail hostel in London. It is great that he is out of detention.

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