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“Behind every big fortune is a crime.”
-Honore de Blazac – French writer (1799-1850).

“Some people in high places who have control over our national assets have made it their business to ensure that the people of this country do not enjoy the benefits of their God-given resources”.
-Kofi Akordor, DAILY GRAPHIC, Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

“From time to time, the press does take up the cry of extravagance publishing details of apparent waste, which the departments concerned are often in a position to contradict. More often, attacks are simply ignored, the civil servants well knowing that the newspapers will turn to something else in a few days’ time”.
-Professor C. Northcote Parkinson in his book, THE LAW AND THE PROFITS (1960).

On page 5 of The Chronicle issue of Monday, February 14, 2011, the paper published my article on Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, entitled, THE ANAS CONTROVERSY.

Among other things, I wrote as follows: “Since 1999 Mr. Anas has scored some spectacular investigative coups in even more spectacular ways.”

“Risking his life, and under various disguises, exposures of Mr. Anas have included the use of maggot or weevil-infested flour by a foreign company to manufacture biscuits in the country.

“He has broken up a Chinese prostitution ring, as well as a Ghanaian one, in Accra. He has gone on a ship to Thailand to expose the inhuman conditions in which Ghanaians and other prisoners are serving their sentences.

“At one time, he posed as a prince to investigate matters that threatened our very security. Risking death, and possibly his manhood, Mr. Anas became a ‘patient’ at our premier psychiatric hospital and revealed the poor conditions there.

“Can I leave out his investigation of the Osu Children’s Home, in which he proved that the “white” outside of the Home hid a rotten interior?

“Then there were the exposé at the Elubo border of the Western Region, in the matter of the massive smuggling of cocoa to the Ivory Coast.”

Mr. Manasseh Azure Awine, the young, award-winning journalist, has also already established himself as a committed investigative reporter like Mr. Anas.

Mr. Awine’s investigations of corruption, plain stealing and fraud at the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) have already put him in the lime light as an accomplished investigative journalist.

At the time of writing of this article, he has gone several steps up the ladder with his mind-boggling exposé of the rot at the Korle-Bu Hospital.

I ask this question of Anas and Awine, “Why bother to carry out investigations?” Of course, a successful expose can bring recognition, fame and honour to the investigative journalist.

In the 1960s in the United States, consumer crusader Mr. Ralph Nader took on the United States car-making giant, General Motors, GM for short, over the company’s car known as the CORVAIR. The title of Mr. Nader’s report on the car was, UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED. Mr. Nader’s crusade succeeded in forcing GM to recall the car, because it had many dangerous defects that could cause fatal accidents.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were two WASHINGTON POST reporters whose investigations into the infamous Watergate scandal eventually led to the disgrace of President Richard Nixon, who was saved from certain impeachment, when President Gerald Ford pardoned him.

Published On: November 4th, 2013 / Categories: News /

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. He specializes in print media and documentary and is politically non-aligned focusing on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. Anas' motto is "name, shame and jail", and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. Very few people had seen his face (until an "unmasking" during a BBC interview in November 2015 —which revealed yet another prosthetic).

Anas has won more than 50 international and local awards for his work advocating basic human rights, such as the right to not be held in human slavery and for his work exposing corruption. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting him in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana: "An independent press”, a vibrant private sector, a civil society….those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.”

Anas hail from Bimbilla in Northern Ghana and grew up in Burma Camp, a military barracks in Accra. He attended the Christian Methodist Secondary School and Ghana Institute of Journalism where he got his first diploma before studying his first degree at the University of Ghana. He later attended the Faculty of Law and the Ghana Law School.

After university he turned down an opportunity to work as a reporter for the Ghanaian Times newspaper, instead choosing to join The Crusading Guide newspaper in 1998. The editor of the newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, had just been released from jail in the same year. Anas later became co-publisher of The New Crusading Guide, and subsequently opened his own production and investigation company, Tiger Eye PI Media, in 2008.

Anas has collaborated widely with Al-Jazeera and the BBC, among other international clients. In 2017 he started The Tiger Eye Foundation as a media non- profit and 501c3, in the USA and Ghana, that uses a dynamic set of initiatives to promote and elevate the standards in journalism. The foundation educates and supports journalists through hands-on investigative journalism workshops, multimedia boot camps, investigative productions, broadcasts and community outreach programs. Anas was called to the Bar in 2013, and since then has mostly defended himself in court.

In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015's leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai. He is consistently invited to talk on his work at gatherings all around the world and in March 2016, Anas was invited by Harvard Law School as a keynote speaker to share his experiences creating change on the continent of Africa. In 2016 Anas had an award named after him by the Press Foundation in Ghana. The founder of the press foundation Mr Listowel Yesu Bukarson said: "This award was named after the world-renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to aid journalists to climb to the highest apogee in their chosen profession". 'Chameleon’ by Ryan Mullins, a documentary about Anas's life and work, was premiered at the 2014 IDFA festival in Amsterdam.

In the period from October to December 2016, Anas made his first foray into public life, outside of the world of investigative journalism, as a powerful advocate for peace in his "Anas4Peace" multimedia campaign, using Ghanaian celebrities to advocate for peace during the Ghana election period.

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