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The General Secretary
Ghana Journalists Association
Ghana International Press Centre
Accra

August 29th, 2016

Position on the Journalists of the Year Award 2016

The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists which is an affiliate of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has reservations on this year’s Journalist of the Year Award 2016 conferred on Mr Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the Tiger Eye PI.

The Institute will therefore like to know from the leadership of the GJA and the 2016 Awards Committee whether Mr Aremeyaw Anas won the award in his capacity as a journalist or as an investigator for the Tiger Eye PI.

Again the Institute will like to know what consideration went into the determination of declaring him the ultimate winner for this year.

It is a well-known fact that Mr Aremeyaw Anas is the lead private investigator for Tiger Eye PI.

It is not also clear if Tiger Eye PI also doubles as a media house and is recognised by the National Media Commission (NMC) as such.

It must be noted that any award that is fraught or laden with controversies compromises the spirit and letter of the award itself.

The GJA and the Awards Committee must therefore come clear on this subject matter and set the records straight.

If in the wisdom of the GJA Executives and the Awards Committee it becomes necessary to take the ultimate winner outside of the entries, it is important that this must be made clear before the launch of the award.

If it is the choice that some body outside of those who entered the competition should be declared the ultimate winner, the public must be invited to nominate, and a reputable audit firm must be engaged to collate the results.

IFEJ finds it as a bad precedent to continue in the direction that foment discontent among the general public especially members of the inky fraternity and the award winners themselves.

Thank You

Lloyd Evans
President

Cc
The Chairman National Media Commission
The Chairman Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
The Secretary 2016 Awards Committee
All Media Houses

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