Updated: Jan 12
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: THE KILLING OF A GHANAIAN JOURNALIST
Press freedom is a precious commodity everywhere on earth. On January 16, 2019, two men on a motorbike pulled up beside a young Ghanaian reporter, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, in his car and shot him three times at close range. Ahmed died on the spot. He is the first known journalist in the world to be murdered in 2019.
Ahmed worked diligently with the worldwide-known investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who famously never reveals his face behind the iconic “curtain” he wears, and whose axiom is “Name, Shame, and Jail.” Ahmed was a major contributor to Anas’s exposé (in collaboration with the BBC) on corruption in the soccer world, which showed a number of high-profile Ghanaian referees and one FIFA official accepting thousands of dollars in return for match-fixing. Anas’s company, Tiger Eye PI, has exposed widespread corruption among the Ghanaian judiciary including the High Court, and has blown a number of social and political scandals wide open. President Barack Obama recognized Anas for his courageous work.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas is the also the sort of person people hate. Kennedy Agyapong, a controversial and particularly odious minister of Ghana’s parliament, is one of Anas’s arch-enemies. Kennedy called the journalist “a blackmailer, an extortionist.” Kennedy reportedly also mimed Anas’s throat being cut and said Anas should be “hanged.” Prior to Ahmed’s death, Kennedy had mounted a relentless, foul-mouthed tirade against the young reporter on TV, radio, and social media. Kennedy, reputed to be one of Ghana’s richest people, owns a radio and TV station, which he used as a platform to demonize Ahmed. On a TV program, Kennedy showed two pictures of Ahmed, call him a “bad boy,” revealed where Ahmed lived, and encouraged people to beat him up if they saw him on the street.<