-Anas Aremeyaw Anas says it is difficult wearing a mask always as he has been doing
-This, he explains, is because it does not allow him to socialise like an ordinary person
Ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has revealed that though wearing a mask has become his trademark, it is not something he enjoys doing.
Acording to him, he only puts on the now famous mask because he has no choice.
Speaking at the Second National Media Festival Organized by The Press Foundation (TPF), Anas disclosed that sometimes he wishes he could walk around without his mask and socialise with people but that is not possible because of the type of journalism he does.
"My kind of journalism is extreme and I can see that from your faces. I do what I do because I’m a product of my society. Everything I do is what has been mirrored back to me by you. I think that we have an extreme disease. So we set off for that mission to film or to investigate.
"Who says it is enjoyable to be standing before you wearing a mask. I would have loved to remove it, walked with [and] spoken to you and all that. But it is not a bed of roses. We have to understand that if the frontiers of democracy are going to be pushed it must be a collective effort", he said.
Touching on the effects of his works on the individuals involved, Anas apologised for causing trouble for them but pointed out that whatever he did was necessary.
“I know some of you are not happy because I’ve dealt with some of your relatives. I will apologise. I’m sorry. But it was necessary because the impact on the lives of other people cannot be measured. It could happen to anybody. Fairness is a very important ingredient that would lead to our country developing. Lack of this element is a straight way to chaos.”
Anas is a celebrated investigative journalist whose works has exposed corruption in the judiciary, drug cartels, prostitution syndicates, among many others.
His most recent exposé, which is yet to be published, is reported to involve over 60 top public officials who were caught in acts of corruption.
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