[Ghana] murder of an investigative journalist

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Subject: [Ghana] murder of an investigative journalist
From: rswood@therandymon.com (RS Wood)
Newsgroups: dictator.africa
Organization: solani.org
Date: Feb 06 2019 23:18:39
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47002878

No-one expected the first recorded murder of a journalist in 2019 to
happen in Ghana.

Across much of Africa, authoritarian regimes have effectively
suffocated the free press. But in a handful of less-repressive
countries, tenacious young journalists are holding the powerful to
account and advancing a culture of investigative reporting. Ghana is
top of this list. Last year the country was ranked first in Africa on
the annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Globally it
ranked 23rd out of 180 countries - well ahead of the UK (40th) and the
US (45th).

Anas and his team are the nation's most high-profile reporters. Anas
has been praised by the country's president, Nana Akufo-Addo and by
President Barack Obama, who said he saw the spirit of democracy "in
courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to
report the truth". In his 20 years of undercover journalism, Anas has
posed as a female investor in high heels and lipstick; worked as a
janitor in a brothel; got himself sent to prison; and hidden inside a
fake rock at the side of the road. In public appearances, he wears a
striking disguise - a hat with a multicoloured veil of beads that hangs
in front of his face. In Ghana it has become a symbol of resistance to
corruption that is graffitied on walls around the capital.

But behind the mask there is not just Anas's face. There is a team of
highly skilled investigative journalists that put their lives at risk
to report stories, and Hussein-Suale was chief among them - Anas's
chosen team leader.



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