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Undercover Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas Released Thriller For “Galamsey Economy”

Ghanaian celebrated undercover investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has dropped the official thriller for his upcoming ” Galamsey Economy” underground tape which is yet to hit the country on the 14th to 15th of November, 2022 at the Accra International Conference Center.

 

Anas Amremeyaw Anas is known as a politically non-aligned multimedia journalist who specializes in print media and documentaries. He focuses on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.

In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015’s leading global thinkers. In 2016 Anas had a “Best Journalist” award named after him by the Press Foundation in Ghana

Ghana in the Eyes of God. In 2015, Anas’s investigation into the judiciary of the republic of Ghana resulted in the removal from office of workers from the third arm of government including 13 high court judges,20 lower court judges and 19 Judicial Service court registrars and interpreters.

 

Over 100 judicial service staff in total were probed, after being caught on camera taking gifts from undercover Tiger Eye PI investigators to influence court judgements.

Number 12. On 6 May 2018 Anas released Number 12, so named because of corruption as the “12th player on the football team”. This exposé implicated almost the entire football administration in Ghana and resulted in the President of Ghana dismantling the Ghana Football Association.

The then Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was also an executive member of Fifa, was caught on camera accepting a bribe. All football matches in the country were called off after the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) met on 8 June 2018, and dissolved the Referees Committee, deciding that all officials mentioned in the exposé should step aside.

International referees were also involved, such as Kenyan FIFA referee Marwa Range. He was filmed receiving US$600 before a scheduled match. This led to Marwa’s withdrawal from the 2018 World Cup. A documentary was released by BBC a week before the 2018 FIFA World Cup started. Nigeria’s national football team’s coach, Salisu Yusuf was also involved in the scandal.

Anas believes drastic measures need to be taken to tackle the level of corruption in Ghana. The National Media Commission of Ghana holds that there’s nothing wrong with Anas’ method since Ghana law permits undercover journalism. Personalities (in alphabetical order) who have commented on his work:

Abdul-Malik Kwaku Baako – Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako supports the “techniques used by… Anas.” He stated that “Anas does undercover journalism, if they don’t know, it is accepted universally. It comes with challenges, ethical as well as moral”.

Jerry John Rawlings – In reacting to Anas’s critics, former president Rawlings said that “Anas should be hailed and not treated like an outcast”. About the backlash from sections of the Ghanaian public concerning Anas’s method, Rawlings added that “When we had the chance, we made an outcast of our own allowing our rivals to recognize the true worth and offer him such a sensitive national anti-corruption role. What does that make of us?”

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John Atta Mills – In 2015 it emerged that at least one of Anas’s investigations was commissioned by the government of Ghana. Notably, “The President’s Assignment”; an exposé from 2012 that unearthed corruption incidents at the Electricity Company of Ghana, was commissioned by Professor Evans Mills, suggesting that the late president condoned Anas’s modus operandi.

Earlier in 2011, president Mills reprimanded security agencies during a surprise visit to the Customs Excise and Preventive Service following a corruption exposé involving customs officers, stating that, “I wish that the revelation from Anas could have come to me from the security agencies who work here.

There are people who come here throwing their weight around. I have told General Modey that for anyone who comes here in the President’s name, the first thing you should do is to arrest them. I am not going to be a party to anything which will destroy what we are building in this country”.

Kofi Annan – Appearing in a promotional video leading to the public premiering of the Ghana Football Association cash gift scandal, the former United Nations secretary general said that “Sometimes it takes a spark, just a spark and I think Anas has provided that spark for the whole edifice to blow up for people to wake up and say: ‘No more”.

Kennedy Agyapong – According to the Assin Central MP, who has repeatedly threatened Anas, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders he stated that Anas’s methods were ‘unfair’. Following these and other allegations Anas responded “I’ve never in my life taken a bribe… Nowhere! Whoever has proof should bring it.

It will crash. I know myself and I believe in myself. I know I’ve never taken bribes from anywhere… Some people are just blowing hot air” He also called for “retribution” against Anas’ collaborator, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, saying “If he comes here, beat him… Whatever happens, I’ll pay.” Hussein-Suale was subsequently assassinated.

Mahamudu Bawumia – In defending the methodology of Anas, the vice president of Ghana Dr Bawumia said that “what Anas is doing is very relevant…people should know that what they do in the dark can be exposed…Really, I will encourage him to do what he does”.

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