Acheme Jack. Kano
A multiple award winning Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw has described investigative journalism as a powerful tooli to fight corruption worldwide.
Mr Aremeyau stated this at the opening of a two-day Experience Sharing Workshop on Investigative Journalism for Nigerian and Ghanian Journalists, Lecturers and Students of Mass Communication in Universities and Polytechnics, held at Bayero University, BUK, Kano.
While sharing his experiences on how he uncovered many corrupt practices in his country and other nations in Africa, Mr Aremeyau called on “the working journalists to imbibe the culture of investigative journalism in order to liberate societies from corruption and injustice.”
Courageous and fearless
The face-masked journalist also implored higher institutions of learning in Africa and beyond to incorporate investigative journalism in their curriculum in a bid to breed students to venture into undercover reporting aimed at bringing even development in societies.
In his remarks, former Managing Director of Radio Kano Corporation, Halilu Getso described fear as the main setback to investigative journalism in Africa.
According to him, for a journalist to venture into undercover reporting, he should be courageous, fearless and honest.
In his remarks earlier, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of BUK, Umar Pate said the workshop was one in the series of capacity enhancement activities on investigative journalism in the Faculty of Communication in the university.
Mr Pate, a professor also revealed that the activities had begun in the last two and a half years with the support of MacArthur Foundation.
“So far, we have organised series of lectures, workshops, curriculum review and internship activities, among others to strengthen the teaching and practice of investigative journalism as tools for fighting corruption in the country.
“Not only that, the MacArthur support also includes scholarship grant to female students and establishment of digital radio station for our students to put what they learn in classrooms into practice,”
The workshop is designed for two days and would involve presentations and sharing experiences by professional journalists, scholars and students of journalism.