Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and Tiger Eye PI have released secretly recorded tapes of their interactions with Hot FM presenter, Justice Kweku Annan whom they have accused of 'unwarranted attacks' to the National Media Commission(NMC).
Anas, who attached the tapes in a petition sent to the NMC, disclosed that he and his team were compelled to investigate the HOT FM presenter after they received several unnecessary attacks from him via his show, "Ghana Must Know".
According to the investigative journalist, the verbal attacks took place before and after he publicly screened the Number 12 video which captured corrupt officials of the Ghana Football Association as well as 70 referees engaged in corrupt acts.
Portions of the petition read: “…prior to the broadcast and after the publication of the undercover work “Number12" we found out to our surprise unnecessary and unwarranted attacks on Tiger Eye, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, CEO of the company and Anas’ mentor, Kweku Baako, editor in chief of the new crusading guide. Mr. Annan has been using Hot FM platform to malign us with no justifiable proof and/or evidence.”
“We posed as a relative to a man who had been exposed by Anas and his team and wanted to see Anas destroyed. We met Mr. Annan on three occasions –twice at the Kempinski hotel in Accra and Afrikiko around Jubilee House–circa 1 June, 5 June and 22nd June 2018.”
“Our sting operation revealed that contrary to journalism actuated by the highest ideal principles of decency, Mr. Annan was engaged in a media practice sold to the highest bidder. He revealed that he is already involved in a similar project purposely designed to destroy the credibility of Mr. Anas and Mr. Baako. He told us, there are a group of influential Ghanaians including politicians such as Kennedy Agyapong, MP, Assin Central, who are bent on exposing the face of Anas and eventually destroy his credibility with series of untruths and lies. He revealed the operation is on two platforms – Radio and Television. That Mr. Agyapong is in charge of television whilst he Annan is in charge of radio.”
Anas revealed in the petition that after the sting operation, Justice Annan asked them to "pay an initial deposit of GHc35,000” to contribute to the project to destroy Anas, Tiger Eye PI, and Mr. Baako, of which they paid him GHc5000.
He further stated that they are not opposed to any journalist/or media house using transparent enquiry to expose ills in society, however, "the element of bribery and inducement as a motivation to destroy a fellow journalist and media house is simply unacceptable and an affront to the good profession.”
Anas has asked the NMC to immediately investigate the presenter since to him, such actions are not in accordance with the highest journalistic standards and media ethics pursuant to section 13 of National Media Commission Act, 1993 (Act 449).
“It is upon the foregoing that we request a full-scale investigation into the activities of Mr. Annan and Hot FM. We thank the NMC very much in anticipation of its speedy evaluation of this case and subsequent consideration for immediate action,” Anas added in the petition.