Jakarta — Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas took all the risks of being journalists, including spending sometime in jail for his story. Anas got to share his experience in a session of World Press Freedom Day 2017 while wearing mask.
— Nana Kofi Acquah (@africashowboy) May 4, 2017
Anas, who works as an undercover investigative journalists, focuses on corruption and human rights issues, especially child abuse.
“My human right investigations deals with creating a better life and providing equal opportunities for children and adults being abused to grow whilst my corruption investigations focus on government employees and executives who instead of working for the people rather loot the national kitty and thus deprive citizens of essential amenities that would create a better standard of living for them,” wrote Anas in his website.
we have to do journalism that benefits our society, we have to ensure that whatever we do, we would leave a lifetime legacy for the children who would be born after us
While all his investigative stories are remarkable, he recommends the story on Nigeria’s Baby Farming Industry.
— Chioma Agwuegbo (@ChiomaChuka) April 26, 2017
Regardless Anas had been imprisoned and got in psychiatric hospital due to his work, he has never regretted being a journalist. For him, journalism is a call and an opportunity to impact societies and to let the world know that you should love your country. Anas said that though he needs to risk his life, he is happy.
He suggests young journalists to take the opportunity to become a shining light on the lives of people in their society.
“I think we don’t need to be dogmatic, we have to do journalism that benefits our society, we have to ensure that whatever we do, we would leave a lifetime legacy for the children who would be born after us,” he said.
— Rasu Shrestha MD MBA (@RasuShrestha) April 4, 2017
By Meghan Levana and Jennifer Sidharta