Ntumfor Barister Nico Halle has reaffirmed his commitment towards defending press freedom, journalists and media workers in Cameroon and beyond.The Legal mind and Peace crusader was speaking in Douala February 12 to a delegation of the Cameroon Journalists’ Trade Union CJTU North West Chapter during a visit to the Halle Law Firm at the close of the National Elective Congress of the Trade Union.
The mission of the delegation to the Halle Law Firm was to meet and present the chapter to the legal luminary of International repute and to solicit legal aid in times of need. According to the delegation made up of some executives and members, journalists practicing in the crisis hit North West Region are facing several challenges. These challenges they detailed include harassment, intimidation and arrest by security operatives sometimes masterminded by persons who consider the work of journalists a threat to their activities.
While thanking the Senior Barrister at Law for always standing by the press in challenging times with several instances noted, they solicited with the Halle Law Firm to continue with the same spirit mindful of the fact that journalists may not be able to afford the huge financial requirement that can make up for such legal services.
Congratulating the delegation and other CJTU NW members for deciding to join a vibrant Trade Union like CJTU better known by its French acronym SNJC, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle noted that to have thought to visit his office especially as such difficult times was a demonstration of the zeal attached to his person and his office reason why he could not treat such a visit with any less importance. Responding to the request from the delegation, he reassured the CJTU NW Chapter delegation that the request to always stand to defend journalists when in trouble with the law has been his long time commitment. Barrister Nico Halle added that he has never thought otherwise in his commitment to come to the rescue of any journalist stating that he has done it before; he is doing it now and shall continue to do it.
While urging journalists to continue doing investigative reporting in a bid to expose corrupt officials and officials who pilfer the public good with impunity, Ntumfor explained that journalists like lawyers are offering similar services to the public though in different domains. Expression satisfaction with one time US President Thomas Jefferson who preferred the press over a government, the Anti-corruption and peace crusader stated that he will at all times do same according to him, a country with a veritable press put in-check the actions of every government for the interest of the citizens. He said.
Tickled on the solution to the armed conflict in the NW and SW regions, Ntumfor Nico Halle insisted that his position on finding a long lasting solution to the crises has not changed and that even at this escalated state, all is not lost for something can still be done by the head of State who is the guarantor of peace and stability. According to Ntumfors’ proposal, it will not take up to 10mins to calm down tempers and begin searching for a solution. In a softer tone and humility the president can address his children with a voice that assembles and unites, at the same time declare a cease fire, grant amnesty to all arrested and on exile and then call for a frank and inclusive dialogue and the crown it with the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission to commence a national healing process.
The visit came to a close after visiting some offices within the Halle Law Firm which includes an Archive room filled with over 100 awards received both national and internationally in recognition of his tireless effort to bring harmony in the world.