By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
Just months after publishing another seismic investigation “Galamsey Economy”, Anas Aremeyaw Anas flew into The Gambia to train journalists in Investigative Journalism. Gainako’s Editor seized the opportunity to interview the masked undercover Ghanaian journalist about attempts to silence him, lawsuits, the source of his bribe money and some of the most impactful work he has done unmasking corrupt officials across the globe.
Also, a Lawyer operating his own legal firm, Anas delivered a passionate tribute to his lost comrade, Ahmed Suale who died some years back while working on an investigation. In the same vein, he urged journalists to be courageous and resilient in their quest to get the bad guy in jail but warns that “if you can’t stand the heat. You have to get out of the kitchen”.
The Undercover Journalist cum Lawyer chronicles some of the corrupt government officials, judges, Chinese sex mafias and other criminals he placed behind bars in this exclusive interview below.
Anas Nabs Gambian Referee, Ebrima Jallow
One Gambian Referee by the name of Ebrima Jallow was featured in one of Anas’s most popular undercover investigations, “Betraying the Game,” which focuses on corruption in African Football. The documentary published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) some four years ago features the Gambian Referee indicating that collecting bribes for match-fixing was the normal mode of operation for Referees.
Jallow noted that “normally this thing, the way you do it, it’s happening everywhere. I told him in the morning. It’s not a matter of bribery or the way I take it. Trying to bribe me or trying to bribe referees, it’s not that important. What’s important there is the relationship”.
Gambian Referee Jallow made these statements to undercover reporters just before receiving a bride from investigators off camera. In addition to this, while hidden cameras were focused on Jallow, they captured the moment when “yet another referee was being lined up” to receive more match-fixing bribes. However, “Jallow later told the BBC that he had never been given money to fix the match. He denied wrongdoing”.
Watch the undercover report produced by the BBC titled “Betraying the Game” on the link below.