I have just watched a Tedtalk on Anas Amereyaw Anas, an undercover journalist in Africa, who has broken dozens of stories of organized crime all over Ghana. In this talk, in which his face remains hidden behind a wire mask, he shares about how he got started in investigative journalism. So far, the work he has done has produced significant results. He has exposed corrupt government officials, imprisoned law-breakers and catalyzed progress within a slow-moving society.
Anas method of journalism is unorthodox. He claims that his kind of journalism is a product of his own society. Many have faulted him for his unethical and extreme form of journalism. I’ve just started learning about ethics in journalism, and his methods (while it is done in the name of greater good) can be rather radical. But, I guess, ethics takes a step back important issue when dealing with criminals and ‘evil in the society’. In his defence, Anas wrote in The Huffington Post, ” What they fail to convey is the fact that my kind of journalism is not aimed at the honest, transparent and law-abiding citizen or government. Their reasoning never takes into consideration one reality: closed and dark the world would always remain, if there’s no way to lift the lid or shine a light. “
His journalism is hinged on three basic principles: “Naming, Shaming and Jailing”.
” Journalism is about results. It’s about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way. I have worked on this for over 14 years, and I can tell you, the results are very good. “
This is a quote from the talk. I’m guessing that living in such a corrupted country has spurred Anas to be proactive and take action into his won hands- which brought him to journalism.
As a mass comm student aspiring to be a journalist, I am in awe of the bravery and courage of this man. He has done so much for his society through journalism, actively taking matters into his own hands to correct what is not right. Through the stories he has shared with the world, he is inspiring more to be like him.
His passion for journalism is infectious. After listening to his talk, I am even more motivated to become a journalist and do some good in this world.
Mr. Anas Amereyaw Anas, Thank you so much making the world we live in a better place by “shine(ing) light in the dark spots of society”. I hope that you continue the good work that you do and more will follow in your footsteps.
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