Student journalists at the Top Story event were given a masterclass the great Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Arameyaw Anas.
Anas appeared undercover with his face disguised under a golden beaded veil. He has an amazing track record of exposing corruption by judges and fake doctors among other wrongdoers. He films undercover and then presents the evidence he’s discovered to the courts.
Among his successes are exposing around two dozen Ghanaean judges taking bribes, fake doctors sexually abusing patients and traffickers involved in killing albinos and selling their body parts. Anas told the budding journalists:
“I name, I shame and I put them in jail”
Anas said: “My journalism has helped end bad things happening and put bad people in jail. That’s the only way we can help Africa become a better continent as journalists”.
He said that he operated in disguise to protect himself from those he exposes seeking revenge. He called on young African journalists not to rely on western media but to create a new journalism for Africa:
“Journalism should bring positive things into our countries including saving peoples’ lives. As African journalists we have to be courageous, we have to challenge myths and we have to burst some dangerous traditions’
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