If you’ve never heard of Anas Aremeyaw Anas, you’re in for a treat. Because of this Ghanaian’s great success across Africa as a crusading journalist, exposing corruption at the highest judicial and government levels, he must wear a disguise on-camera and at other public gatherings to maintain professional integrity.
Anas was in Worcester, Mass. July 25 to deliver the keynote address at the African Youth Excellence Awards. The interview was conducted during that visit, by website Sahara Reports. When asked what advice he had for up-and-coming journalists, Anas answered from a vantage point that shares zero common ground with aggregating:
“We should be daring. But anytime that we decide to take those risks, we should be sure that we have the necessary backups that to ensure that we live to be able to tell the news story, tomorrow. No story is worth human lives.”
“It will come at a great pain, and at a great risk. But at the end of the day, there must be indelible marks, both on our heads and on our skin, to show the sacrifices that we have made. And at the end of the day, there must be smiles on the faces of those we have saved.”
Anas, for his undercover assignments, typically relies on a mix of wigs, prosthetic masks and secret cameras. Last year, Montreal-based filmmaker Ryan Millins released a documentary about Anas, titled Chameleon.