Private legal practitioner and Secretary of the Ghana Bar Association, Yaw Boafo has observed that investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas is no longer practicing journalism considering the methods being used in the line of his duties, unlike the times Obama praised him.
He said before then, Anas brought to the fore evidence of people committing a crime by themselves without he having to orchestrate it, but now he traps people and videos it as evidence they have committed a crime. The Bar Scribe says the two scenarios different.
The Secretary of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in an interview with Kwame Adinkra on Pure Morning Drive monitored by MyNewsGh.com, is insisting that his modus operandi must be subjected to proper scrutiny as he appears to have veered from the acceptable procedures in unraveling corrupt acts and crime in the country
Lawyer Yaw Boafo maintained that Anas’ is employing different tactics which is ethically wrong and must be condemned by all.
He said “Kwame, Anas has changed his methods of operation and for me that’s the difficulty that I have. Anas himself, his earlier works that earned him praise from Barack Obama is not the same work he is doing. When you give people gifts to entrap them, that’s not fighting corruption.
The exposé is much ado about nothing. Let us be fair to the people involve. Serious investigation is when someone is caught in their normal processes but if you approach someone for help and in the end you give him a token as an appreciation and you end up calling that corruption that is bad. That is not investigative journalism…Is about time someone check on the manner in which Anas conducts his investigation in his attempt to discredit people. This is a lame attempt to investigative journalism.”
These concerns are raised at a time Nephew of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is raising similar concerns.
In a post on his Facebook page sighted by MyNewsGh.com at the weekend, he described his videos as sensational, especially the promos likening them to how the Romans would get enthralled watching the Gladiators butcher each other.
“His videos are sensational, especially the promos. We go to the theatre to watch them like how the Romans would get enthralled watching the Gladiators butcher each other. Are these blockbusters really helping us in the fight against corruption? Historically, has government used the “shocking” revelations from Anas’ videos to reprimand enough the individuals culpable and reform enough the institutions involved? I ask these questions with the hope that we will look back critically to help us move forward better”, he said in the post.