Ace international investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has hinted that in the next three years, all things being equal, he hopes to take off his veil from his face, give it to a more determined and effective journalist, who desires to go into investigative to take over from him.
“I encourage my colleagues journalists to go a step further, take up the challenge, go into investigative journalism to try and save our country, our continent and our world”, he said.
“Very soon, I hope to take off my veil, uncover my face, and give the veil to another journalist to take it from where I will leave off”. Anas added.
The undercover journalist was speaking the maiden edition of the “TPF National Media Festival 2016” in Kumasi on Saturday.
Organized by media non-governmental, non-profit making organization, The Press Foundation, TPF, the event which brought together hundreds participants including journalists, media practioners, Public Relations experts, students, corporate Ghana, politicians, security personnel, among others, was under the theme; Election 2016: The Role of the Journalist.
Anas, indicated that, the event was dear to his heart, hence his decision to sacrifice other equally important programmes to come to Kumasi.
“I should have been in London with the team today, but the subject and purpose of this memorable event meant a lot to me. I therefore cancelled that engagement to be here with you tonight” he said.
Adding that, “The timing, occasion and purpose of this event mean a lot to me. Especially, this election season, and so am excited to be here to contribute my quota”.
He called on the media to go the extra mile to cause change for our world through the eye of journalism.
The Press Foundation, instituted an awards scheme in honor of Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The “Anas Aremeyaw Anas Investigative Journalist of the year Award” will be held every year to recognize and award investigative journalists in Ghana and beyond. It will form the apex award at the “TPF Journalists Dinner Awards”. Joy FM investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni won the “Anas Aremeyaw Anas Investigative Journalist” award for his contributions to investigative journalism in Ghana.Samson Lardy Anyenini, Shamima Muslim and Anas Aremeyaw Anas were all awarded for their various contributions to the growth of Journalism in Ghana.
The Executive Director of TPF, Mr. Listowell Yesu Bukarson, said the “TPF National Media Festival”, will be held every year.
He charged journalists to go beyond the so-called “ethics of journalism” to bring the news to society.
He indicated that, “journalism without results, is not worth practicing”. ,”It’s about impeccable evidence and so the journalist needs to reach his source of news to get first hand and core evidence in their practice.
Mr. Bukarson commended Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the other speakers who made time to travel to Kumasi for the event.
“You are all achieved and very busy colleagues, coming for this event, therefore means, you believe in this dream and together we can bring about the needed change to journalism”.
He encourage journalists to as he put it, “pick the bull by the horn’ in their practice because “journalism is not a crime” and we must practice with delight, knowing we work for society” he added.
Other speakers at the “TPF National Media Festival 2016” included, investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, Samson Lardy Anyenini and Poet, Chief Abdul Moomeen Muslim.Others included, the Public Affairs Consular of the US embassy in Ghana, Daniel Fennell, the GOC of the Central Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General CB Alhassan.
The event was chaired by, the Asantehene, Otunfou’s Mawerenehene, Bafour Ossei Hyieman Brentuo VI.The TPF National Media Festival 2016 was sponsored by, The Royal Bank, Best Assurance, Latex Foam, Ultimate Fashion, Skywalker drinker water and Miklin Hotel.
Revealed: Why UK freed Nayele Ametefe after serving 3 years of her 8-year jail time
Drug Queen Nayele Ametefe has been released from jail having served only three years out of her 8 and a half years sentence for narcotics peddling and trafficking.
We learnt she was released days ago on parole for showing extraordinarily good behaviour throughout her 3 years in prison, even though she has 5 and a half years to go.
Parole is a temporary release of a prisoner who agrees to certain conditions before the completion of the maximum sentence period, originating from the French ‘parole’.
The Ghanaian who also hold an Austrian passport pleaded guilty to carrying 12 kilos of cocaine to the United Kingdom was been sentenced to eight years, eight months’ imprisonment.
Nayele Ametefe was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London. The sentence was discounted because of her early guilty plea. Nayele appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was handed down on her head.
The prosecutors told the court Nayele had $23,000 and an additional 6,000 Pounds in her handbag when she was arrested. The money was payment for her courier services.
According to the prosecutors, Nayele Ametefe was carting the cocaine to South America. Her travel itinerary, the court was told indicated that she was leaving the United Kingdom two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.
The 12 kilograms of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.
In his submission for mitigation, lawyer for Nayele told the court she came from an underprivileged home and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.
She has three children, the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and she has been a single mother.
According to the lawyer, Nayele came into contact with powerful people in 2004 and her life changed dramatically. She travelled extensively with influential people as their companion.
The lawyer said Nayele has remained connected to powerful people in authority who are currently in power in Ghana.
She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly attained high-class lifestyle and to take care of her three children, the lawyer said.
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