- Kweku Baako Jnr. says he was wrong in saying that the BBC collaborated with ace investigative
- Mr Baako has rendered an apology to Ghanaians for earlier suggesting that Anas' documentary was a collaborative piece with the BBC
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baaku, has rendered
a public apology for claiming that Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary was done through a collaboration with the BBC.
The veteran journalist is on record to have said that the “Number 12” documentary was a joint piece between Tiger Eye PI and the BBC.
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However, his claims were refuted by the BBC after the British broadcaster issued a statement to clarify the issue.
Sections of the statement from BBC said:
“Contrary to any reports or rumours you may have heard or seen prior to publication stating ‘Number 12’ was a product of a collaborative work by the BBC and the journalist (Anas Aremeyaw Anas) this was not the case. The BBC documentary, ‘Betraying the Game’, broadcast after “Number 12” was first put into the public domain, was an independent and impartial work and a report about Mr. Anas’ investigation. The BBC played no part whatsoever in his investigation and has never sought to suggest otherwise. Mr Anas is not a BBC journalist, we did not work with him during his investigation or commission him to carry out this investigation.”
Mr. Baako has now come out to admit that he misinformed the public regarding how the “Number 12” exposé was done.
According to him, he dealt with certain ex-employees of the BBC and so “assumed” that it was a collaboration between Tiger Eye PI and the British broadcaster.
"I had said so publicly that it was a joint project . . . why I said so was because the people who were dealing with Anas three of them I know for the last 30 to 40 years were BBC people. Apparently, they've left BBC but they're part of the technical team. They came to me, I dealt with them on so many things . . . so I assumed," Mr. Baako said on Accra based Peace FM on Wednesday.
He added: "So I was wrong . . . and that is why the BBC made Anas to go on air to clear the misconception. This Sulemana stuff is belated because already Anas had cleared the air.”
The veteran journalist stated that he “accepts responsibility for what I put out there and if people got deceived I apologize.”
Explaining further, he said: “I said so because I just thought it was the truth I was putting out . . . whatever it is, Kweku Baako takes full responsibility for that misrepresentation or misinformation I put out there, and I sincerely apologize.”
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