Exiled journalist Charles Atangana wins right to stay in UK

Exiled Cameroon journalist Charles Atangana has obtained asylum status, after a three-year-battle against deportation, the National Union of Journalists has confirmed.

Atangana, an investigative journalist, fled Cameroon after receiving death threats for exposing corruption.

He says he was tortured and imprisoned without charge for over forty days in 2004.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: ‘This is a wonderful day for the NUJ, and for justice in Britain. Anyone who has met Charles will know of his calm and gentle belief in the power of trade union solidarity, which has helped to see him through an emotionally exhausting period while awaiting an end to the lengthy asylum process.

‘I am personally very proud of the determination of NUJ members, particularly those in Charles’ own Glasgow branch, and trade unionists across the UK and beyond who have supported him.

‘I also commend the NUJ’s legal officer Roy Mincoff and our solicitor Emma Cohen of Bindman’s for their devotion to this and other deportation cases taken up by the NUJ.

‘But most of all, this is a time to pay tribute to Charles Atangana, a journalist whose commitment to truth and justice has finally been recognised.”

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