Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) president Affail Monney has called for protection for undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose latest investigative work has reportedly triggered death threats.
The journalist’s latest work, ‘Number 12’, even before its June 6-7 public screening, has raised hairs in Ghana after it was hyped as containing the downfall of sports administrators and politicians.
Already, its first victim, Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, is under investigations for defrauding by false pretence after he allegedly used his proximity to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to peddle influence.
An MP and Deputy Roads Minister, Anthony Karbo, is also being treated as a person of interest after he was invited by the police to give a statement.
But resistance against Anas’s work and methods is increasing with Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, venting his anger on the undercover journalist.
He has accused him of blackmail and tax evasion. The NPP MP also showed photos purported to be different versions of Anas who usually wears a mask in public.
Speaking to Ohene Bampoe Brenya on Happy FM‘s Anopa Bosuo Sports, President of the Association, Affail Monney, said,“We are pleading with the security forces to protect Anas because he is one of us. If we lose Anas now it will affect all Ghanaians.”
“Anas learnt his style of journalism in America. We should be proud of his work and protect him. Anas is embodiment of good ethics.”
“I believe the death threats are coming as a result of the numerous investigations documentaries he carried out,” he added.
“I know Anas very well and those pictures circulating on the internet are not him. I spoke with Anas just yesterday and he sounded very worried about what is happening currently, however I can tell you that it will not deter him from premiering the video on June 6.”
“Anyone who is against Anas is against all of us [GJA]. Legally, Anas’ method of investigation is acceptable provided it’s in the national interest. It doesn’t matter how the evidence is gathered.”
By: Ayishatu Ali Zakaria