An investigative journalist in Ghana has released video and audio files implicating more than 180 judicial officials in alleged corrupt practices. Ghana’s judicial council has suspended at least 22 judges.
The journalist’s name is Anas Aremeyaw Anas. His name is well-known in Ghana but no-one knows his face as the journalist says he hides his face to do his work effectively.
The videos he released are said to show the judges in apparent corrupt practices.
Reports are that a documentary with full details is set to be released and many judges who have been implicated are seeking an injunction to stop the documentary from being aired.
Anas used his Twitter account to explain why he went undercover to expose the rulers of Ghana.
“Journalism is about results. It’s about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way.In our part of the world, sometimes simply gathering information is not enough, you need to back it up with hardcore evidence and this is what I do,” Anas said on his Twitter account.
In a statement, Ghana’s judicial council said it has initiated the process to investigate the allegations into the 22 suspended officials and others accused of accepting bribes and extorting money from Ghanaian citizens involved in court cases.
Ghana is known internationally for corruption among its leaders.
The country is ranked 61 out of 175 countries listed in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index report.