Charles Artangana/CPJ Guest Blogger
Cameroonian journalist Charles Artangana came to the United Kingdom in 2004 following 40 days of imprisonment and abuse. After seven years, three deportation attempts, multiple detentions and a vigorous campaign on his behalf by the National Union of Journalists, Artangana was finally granted asylum in April 2011.
In exile: From a Cameroonian jail to immigration limbo
I was arbitrary and unlawfully arrested and detained in a heavily secured military police detention facility in Cameroon for 40 days. I had to bribe my way out of the country to seek sanctuary and protection. Cameroon is a dictatorship dressed up as a fake democracy, with a leader in power for more than 29 years. As…