Reporters Without Borders has expressed alarm over the death threats aimed at Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas ahead of his exposé on corruption in Ghana football set to be aired later today in Accra.
A series of outbursts from the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong against the journalist have been widely publicised in the media.
The MP is upset with Anas and his methods and released photos he claimed are of the undercover journalist.
Kennedy Agyapong also promised to publish photos of buildings he claimed were built by Anas with money from undercover deals.
In some of the reports, Ken Agyapong is alleged to have called for Anas to be beaten.
The MP also recently called for him to be hanged describing him as “corrupt and evil” In a statement on its website, the NGO said Anas’ “existence has become a living hell ever since word got out about his latest documentary, which exposes corruption in Ghanaian football.”
The head of RSF’s Africa desk, Arnaud Froger, said:
“It is incomprehensible that deaths threats against a journalist renowned for his professionalism are being received with widespread indifference. The government should not tolerate such comments by a ruling party MP. Such threats must be taken seriously and systematically condemned, and an investigation must be carried out in order to punish those responsible.”
The Ghana Journalists Association said some unidentified persons have also been tracking Anas’ office “and other locations ostensibly to harm him.”
“The police must act proactively and not reactively, they shouldn’t wait until something untoward happens to him,” Ghana Journalists Association president Affail Monney told RSF.