- Anas Aremeyaw Anas has opened up on why he showed his ‘Number 12’ piece to top members of the society first
- According to the journalist, the move was to get the side of the officials whose names had been mentioned in the secret recordings
- Anas’ latest investigative piece was premiered on June 6 and has since caused a massive shake up in the football landscape in Ghana
Award-winning investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has finnaly recounted why he decided to show his latest piece, ‘Number 12’ to the President and some top government officials first before the main premiere on June 6.
The undercover journalist said it was only “ethical” for him to show portions of his ‘Number 12’ investigation to the president.
According to him, the move was necessary because the president's name had popped up ahead of the release of the documentary on corruption in football in Ghana.
He indicated that was as a matter of urgency, security and authenticity to verify some claims made in the video against the high-standing officials before going on ahead to show it to the rest of the country.
“We are talking about the President of the nation, the Vice President, ministers of state…What do you think would have happened if I went ahead to show the film without first giving them the opportunity to respond?” he said.
Anas was criticized by the Minority in Parliament and a section of the public for showing excerpts of his ‘Number 12’ documentary to Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and other top government officials ahead of the public viewing.
It was reported in the investigation that the president and his vice were in dire need of money therefore a bribe of $5 million and $3 million would suffice to ‘shut them up’ to allow an investor ‘take over the whole country’.
Former head of the GFA, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi who was seen taking some money believed to be bribe is noted to have revealed that he had the president “in his pocket”
The claims made by the former GFA boss about the president were found out to be untrue.
In responding to his critics on the move, the award winning journalist said he did not regret showing the video to the president ahead of the premier because he could have easily been sued if he did not.
“I have no regret going to the president, I have no regret going to the vice president, I have no regret speaking to the ministers involved in finding their side of the story because that is journalistic and ethical and that is what you must always do. And if I get this story again, I’ll go back and speak to them because their side also matter,” he said.
Anas’ investigative documentary, ‘Number 12’, which was premiered on June 6 in Accra, exposed deep-seated corruption in the football circle and has had some rippling effects so far.
Mr. Nyantakyi was consequently given a 90-day ban by FIFA forcing him to resign from his long-serving position as the head of the Ghana Football Association.
Ghana’s Football Association is currently being dissolved by the government; an action many fear could result in the world football governing body FIFA banning Ghana from participating in its activities.
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