The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has denied allegations of an alliance with investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, on his recent investigations into Ghana Football and Politics which was dubbed “Number 12”.
Several media outlets and Anas’ mentor, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, had suggested that the BBC sponsored Tiger Eye, an investigative firm owned by Anas, to conduct the investigations.
Anas’ “Number 12” which was first screened on June 6, 2018 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 he believed to be investors, quoted several sums of money to be given to those political figures and himself in order to facilitate the deal.
There were also a number of cases of referees being bribed to take decisions which would sway Ghana Premier League games in favour of one side.
But the BBC on Monday flatly denied sponsoring or sanctioning the “Number 12” project contrary to earlier reports.
The broadcaster, however, clarified that it collaborated with Anas on the project dubbed “betraying the Game”, not “Number 12”.
‘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 BBC said in a statement on Monday.
‘The BBC documentary, ‘Betraying the Game’, broadcast after ‘Number 12’ was 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.’
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