Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, has offered to apologize for claiming that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) collaborated with Anas Aremeyaw Anas to conduct his “Number 12” documentary.
Anas’ investigative firm, Tiger Eye PI on June 6, 2018 released an undercover documentary which was centered on football and politics, dubbed “Number 12”.
The said documentary indicted political figures, referees and officials of both the GFA and the National Sports Authority of corruptible practices.
Some high-profile figures who were named by GFA boss Nyantakyi include Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Deputy Roads Minister, Anthony Karbo, and MP for Assin Central and Anas’ biggest critic over the last few days, Kennedy Agyapong.
In the video, Nyantakyi, in an interaction with persons believed to be investors, quoted several sums of money to be given to those political figures and himself in order to facilitate the deal.
However, the British broadcaster in a statement denied sponsoring or sanctioning the “Number 12” project contrary to earlier suggestion by Kweku Baako.
‘Contrary to any reports or rumours you may have heard or seen prior to publication stating ‘Number 12′ was a product of a collaborative work by the BBC and the journalist (Anas Aremeyaw Anas) this was not the case,’ the statement said.
‘The BBC documentary, ‘Betraying the Game’, broadcast after ‘Number 12’ first put into the public domain, was an independent and impartial work and a report about Mr Anas’ investigation.
‘The BBC played no part whatsoever in his investigation and has never sought to suggest otherwise.
‘Mr Anas is not a BBC journalist, we did not work with him during his investigation or commission him to carry out this investigation.’
Speaking on Peace FM Wednesday, Mr Baako said “I clearly admit I made a grave error in telling the public the BBC collaborated with Anas. It was a mistake on my part and the public should forgive me.
“I am human and as such we do make mistakes, so on that score, I was wrong the people should forgive.
“In this work, we are bound to make mistakes that’s why it is important to apologize if that occurs. I am sorry, I sincerely apologize, “Mr Baako humbly submitted.
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