Philip Njaru - Defection Attempt

Defection Attempt

In September 2008 he travelled to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway. He represented the Ocean City Radio, for which he has worked the past six years. He had previously been invited to the 2007 edition of the conference, held in Toronto, but was denied entrance into Canada. However, although there were suspicions that Njaru might defect during the conference, no objections were raised towards his entrance into Norway. On the night before the last day of the conference, he applied for political asylum in Norway. According to Njoru himself, he had a "90% chance" of getting murdered if returning to Cameroon. Commenting on the United Nations Human Rights Committee report, which called upon a remedy as well as future protection, Njaru stated that nothing had happened in this respect.

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