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Journalist wins right to remain in Britain

Issue No. 2267

A journalist and human rights activist from Sierra Leone has won his fight against deportation after a hunger strike.

James Fallah-Williams, who fled the West African country in 1998, has been granted leave to remain in Britain for three years.

He will be able to work and, when he has been in Britain for 14 years, he can apply for permanent leave to remain.

James went on hunger strike for 19 days from 1 August in protest at the failure of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to engage with either his solicitor or his MP Andy Burnham.

He ended the protest when the UKBA agreed to look at new evidence submitted by his legal representative.

James said, “Many people were involved in this campaign and I want to thank them all. You stood by me because you believe in human rights and justice.”

The journalists’ NUJ union has backed James’s campaign throughout.

James’s victory follows the positive results won by fellow African journalists Charles Atangana and Alieu Ceesay, whose campaigns the NUJ also backed.

Chris Rea, chair of Manchester NUJ branch, said, “James is a valued and well-respected member of our branch. We are extremely pleased with this decision.”

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Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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