Do you remember him? Anas Aremeyaw Anas, is the Masked Journalist based in Ghana, known world-wide for his ground-breaking investigative reports. One of his reports which exposed corruption among judges in 2015 has continued to lead to reforms in the judiciary in Ghana.
Just a couple of days ago, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo suspended four high court judges after a special committee found them guilty of corruption, based on the Masked reporter’s report. One of the Judges reportedly received goat as bribe. These cases were captured on video tape.
The corrupt Judges were caught on tape taking bribes in exchange for influencing the outcome of court cases.
The corruption was exposed by an undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in 2015.
Anas said he had nearly 500 hours of video evidence on tape, showing judges alleging asking for bribes and demanding sex. One even accepted a goat as a bribe.
The documentary shocked the nation at the time, and was shown to packed houses at cinemas in the capital, Accra.
More than 20 judges and 170 judicial officers were implicated in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.
Twenty judges and magistrates have already been found guilty of bribery and dismissed from their jobs.
This is what ground-breaking investigative reports does in the society.