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Xorlali Blog of Saturday, 19 November 2022

Source: Queen Xorlali

Anas’ entrapment method not accepted in journalism - Sulemana Braimah

The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, has rejected the method of investigative journalism applied by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Neat FM, Braimah said Anas’ method of forcing money and gifts on people and later turn around to accuse them of taking bribes is worrying and not acceptable in journalism practice.

He also expressed concern over the edited nature of Anas’ documentary videos, adding that such practices make the full story of what transpired during the meetings never to be told.

“No one knows what went on behind, we only see the final work. That is worrying, especially forcing people to take bribe. I don’t support the entrapment method of journalism at all,” he said.

Galamsey Economy disappointment

The controversial undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has come under heavy criticism for announcing Galamsey Economy documentary but failed to make the video up to standard.

Many hundreds of patrons walked out of the Accra International Conference Center (AICC) on Monday night with disappointment and questions for Anas.

Popular journalist, Mrs. Elizabeth Akua Ohene has also questioned the credibility behind the latest documentary titled Galamsey Economy.

According to her, the investigative journalist deceived the populace and needs to answer some serious questions from the video.

To her, the name Galamsey suggested illegal mining activities were the subject of the video but that was not the case.

She also questioned why the video was recorded in February 2018 but released in November 2022, more than 4 years later.

“I was looking for the definitive exposé that will stop the speculation and leave the authorities with no choice but to move decisively on the problem. It turns out I was wrong and the person that was in the crosshairs of the Anas treatment this time was Charles Adu Boahen, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance. It is not clear if our intrepid underground investigator was playing on the nickname, GALANSEY” she noted in an opinion piece titled ‘four years of unexplained silence - latest Anas video’.

She added, “A number of queasy things emerge from the accounts of this video, not sure if it qualifies as a documentary, but that is another story. I believe Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his team owe us some explanations. If, as it turns out, this incident with Charles Adu Boahen was filmed back in 2018, why have they kept it under wraps all this while and why have they chosen this time, November 2022, almost five years later, to release it? If, in their judgement, they saw what transpired in that hotel room in the United Arab Emirates as so reprehensible, why have they kept it for almost five years?”.