Thursday 12 August 2010

Protest today in support of exiled journalist

The NUJ is supporting a protest by trade unionists and campaigners outside the bail hearing in London today of Cameroonian journalist Charles Atangana.
Glasgow-based Atangana, who has lived in exile in the UK for several years, has been threatened with deportation to Cameroon despite claims that this could put his life at risk because of his work as a journalist.
General secretary of the TUC Brendan Barber said today: "Freedom of expression and freedom of association are the heart-beat of democracy and trade unionism. In Cameroon, exercising either is risky, as the Federation of African Journalists have made clear repeatedly. Charles Atangana's case for asylum is sound and his cause is just. The TUC fully supports the campaign of solidarity the NUJ is running and we agree wholeheartedly that Charles belongs in Glasgow."
  • Both the bail hearing and protest are scheduled for 2pm at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal, Taylor House, 88 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4QU. A decision is expected around 3 pm.

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