Method employed by Anas does not conform to proper journalistic standards- Boss of Media Foundation for West Africa

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Sulemana Braimah, executive director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, has disapproved of the undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ techniques of investigation.

Many Ghanaians, especially Kennedy Agyapong, the outspoken MP for Assin Central, have accused Anas of trapping his victims and forcing them to commit crimes.

Mr. Braimah has consistently believed that Anas’ tactics do not adhere to proper journalistic norms. Speaking on Joy FM Newsfile last Saturday, Mr Braimah maintained his condemnation of Anas’ reporting techniques and insisted that journalism shouldn’t be used to enable criminal activity in the name of investigative reporting.

“Should journalists be resorting to acts of soliciting the commission of a crime or bad conduct by targets and be presenting the conduct prompted by their solicitation as a piece of ethical, independent journalistic investigations under the guise of sting operations? No. Leave that to the NIB, MI5 or FBI,” Sulemana Braimah posited.

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“Whether through undercover, subterfuge, deception, sting or whatever nice name we may choose to call it, a journalist cannot and must not be an actor, co-creator or manufacturer of an event, act or incident; record same and present to the public as a journalistic investigative piece of work. No, that cannot be acceptable in journalism,” he wrote in 2018.


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