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Xorlali Blog of Friday, 18 November 2022

Source: Queen Xorlali

Anas’ mocked over fallacious documentary

Controversial undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has come under heavy criticism for his latest documentary titled Galamsey Economy video.

Many hundreds of patrons walked out of the Accra International Conference Center (AICC) on Monday, November 14, 2022 night with disappointment and questions for Anas.

“What he [Anas] did is not an expose for me. This is not investigative journalism. Adu-Boahen never requested for money. It was given to him by the investor. This is not undercover. You gave out money for shopping, and then later claim its bribing. This is not extraordinaire” a citizen by name Adjei who expressed his frustration at watching the video.

A twitter user by name BetMonster @betmonst, wrote; “But seriously we black people have problem oo..  so how comfortably people sitting with this guys that nobody knows their identity n saying they fighting corruption in Ghana and spending thousands of dollars just to make setup videos.. and we think they are genuine”.

Another Twitter user, Richard K.B. Eyiah, also wrote on his handle; “Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Galamsey Economy Expose’. I think he and his team are doing well but I still have the view that there are ethical issues.

“If you decide to give an officer/anybody money (i.e without the person making any initial demands or solicitation) after talking with him/her I wonder if that will qualify for corruption. Suffice to say that it was even an ‘inducement’ to facilitate a legitimate process; aren’t both the giver and receiver candidates of a crime? #LordHaveMercy.”

Meanwhile Executive Director of the Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) Sulemana Braimah has argued that the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng ought to recuse himself from being a part of the investigations.

It contended that the investigations be handed over to the Deputy Special Prosecutor after Mr. Agyebeng has publicly announced his non-involvement in the matter.

“Giving the relationship between Mr. Kissi Agyebeng as the head of the investigating institution and Anas Aremeyaw Anas, as the one whose work contains the allegations of corruption against Charles Adu Boahen, is it not just appropriates that Mr. Kissi Agyebeng recuses himself from the investigations. That will be the surest way to avoid any possible legitimate accusations of conflict of interest and other forms of distractions that may affect the propriety of investigations into the matter by the OSP.

“It is my conviction that it will be in the interest of both the OSP and the nation, for Kissi Agyebeng as SP to make it publicly known that he is personally recusing himself from the investigations related to the allegations of corruption from Anas’ work. The Deputy SP can be made to lead the investigations on the allegations against Charles Adu Boahen from Anas’ publication,” he argued.