Maverick politician and businessman, Kennedy Agyapong in late June this year as reported by TheNewsGH.com, raised concerns about the style of investigations of Ghana’s undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
His concerns were that the investigative journalists needed to be stopped questioning the methods used by the award-winning in some of his sting operations.
“Do you think Anas has the right to do what he is doing? Do you think so? We should be careful the way things are going. We kept quiet over the judges’ issue. Now he is at GFA. Tomorrow it could be you or me. He could be in your bedroom whilst you are asleep with your wife,” he warned.
But several months after his concern and a turf war with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tiger PI, he has finally responded in the latest edition of ‘Politics and Power’ Magazine.
According to him, he is not interested in the bedroom activities of the controversial lawmaker but when duty calls he has no option than to enter there with his cameras.
“I hear people saying ‘one day we will be in our bedroom and Anas will come and record.’ We don’t need your bedroom activities for anything, but if you are on that bed, trying to assassinate my president…I have every right to enter that bedroom. Because, then, the dynamics change — criminal elements have been introduced”
He added “It is a long process. Forget not that we’ve worked, and continue to work, with international organizations. There are standard rules and regulations that govern our work… you just don’t go fishing. Undercover will always remain a last resort —if your conventional camera cannot capture it.
Until I get that go-ahead, I can’t get go and film. This is there because of a reason. The reason is that you don’t waste a lot of money. So it’s not trial-anderror. There are strict regulations that help us. Also, the issue of public interest and privacy is important, because we want to be sure that whatever we are discussing are not ‘bedroom issues’, but issues that have a devastating effect on a people or on society, so that the issues we pick are of public interest. I hear people saying ‘one day we will be in our bedroom and Anas will come and record.’ We don’t need your bedroom activities for anything, but if you are on that bed, trying to assassinate my president…I have every right to enter that bedroom. Because, then, the dynamics change — criminal elements have been introduced. This is by way of explanation, how things go. Some people would either deliberately want to remain confused about our work, or for some reasons, we need more education. I didn’t start or invent undercover investigations —it’s been there over the years. The rules are cast in iron and steel.
We’ve done these over the years, and will always be there. My colleagues suffered these attacks. Just recently, a colleague rang me and said ‘some work we did in South Africa, the ANC government said we acted it — even the dead people’. Don’t worry about Kennedy [Agyapong], this is not a new thing that we are facing but truth will always stand. It is just a matter of time. All these things that are happening. It’s just a matter of a few days; we are going to see who is making sense and who isn’t.”