The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is calling for 24-hour protection for investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
According to a statement signed by GJA president, Affail Monney, the Association has picked up information about some life-threatening messages received by Anas.
The statement said some unidentified persons have also been tracking Anas’ office “and other locations ostensibly to harm him.”
GJA also condemned persons who posted pictures of other people they claimed were Anas with his face uncovered.
The association said such an action could put the lives of persons in the pictures in danger and must be stopped immediately.
“Several pictorial images have been posted online, television and on social media. These images, which are not the real identity of Anas, tend to put the lives of other persons at risk and this must stop forthwith. The GJA finds these developments extremely disturbing and highly unfortunate.”
“We, therefore, urge the Ghana Police Service, Bureau of National Investigations and other security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, and in utmost national interest, provide a 24-hour protection for Anas and all his interests, including his family and properties. The security agencies should not allow aggrieved and disgruntled individuals to endanger the life of this patriotic citizen of Ghana, who, at a very young age, has rendered very invaluable services to the nation,” the statement added.
Anas’ exposé in football sector
Anas is currently in the news for his exposé on shady deals in Ghana’s sporting sector.
Although a secret video which captured top officials within the sector is yet to be screened, the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi is currently being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department.
His investigation was ordered by President, Nana Akufo-Addo whose name was allegedly used by Nynatakyi to seal a mouthwatering business deal.
The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong who has vowed to take on Anas boot-for-boot, released photos he claimed are of the undercover journalist.
Kennedy Agyapong has also promised to publish photos of buildings he claimed were built by Anas with money he made from his undercover deals.
Although the images turned out to be fake, GJA in the statement urged persons aggrieved by Anas’ work to seek redress at the court.
“We appreciate the fact that investigative pieces of this nature always arouse passion, emotions, anger and even hatred. However, regardless of one’s feelings, whether good or ill, under no circumstances must one deviate from the rule of law to tread on the path of impunity and engage in an assassination mission. Instead one must resort to the law courts to seek redress to anything one finds untoward in such matters.