Controversial investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas says he has no regrets showing the explosive documentary on corruption in Ghana football to the President Akufo-Addo and vice, Dr. Bawumia ahead of the premiere.
“The fairness in all this is that somebody has made an allegation, are you giving the other party a fair opportunity of answering those allegations? So yes, then we went to the president and he gave us his side of the story, we went to the vice president, we spoke to all the ministers involved to give us their side of the story, then, we can understand the context which the person used to speak and that is what I did.
“We are talking about the President of the nation, the Vice, ministers of state…What do you think would have happened if I went ahead to show the film?” he said justifying how he surmounted what he described as an ethical dilemma.
“I have no regrets going to the President,” he said in an exclusive interview on Joy FM’s Morning Show Thursday.
In the documentary, the past President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi was captured on video telling a supposed investor to cough up a sum of $12miilion to meet the president to negotiate for government contracts.
Critics of Anas have wondered why the investigative journalist did not follow up on the case to find out if the president would have accepted a proposed $5million that was agreed to be given to Akufo-Addo in exchange for government contracts or not.
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Reacting to his critics, Anas said anybody who has issues with it can also take up the responsibility of investigating the presidency because he has done his part as an investigative journalist.
“Let’s put the investigation in context. How did president Akufo-Addo’s name come in? You speak to somebody, he begins to drop names. He says ok if you want to speak to the man, you must carry an amount of $12milllion. Where was I going to get $12million? It’s not possible; nobody does an investigation with a budget of $12million.
Anas also revealed that letters were written to all the referees who were caught on tape at GFA but refused to respond to them.
“We wrote letters to all those implicated in the video. I mean the referees but guess what they did, they threw the letters to our face and chose not to respond” he said.