NABJ Honors Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas with Annual Percy Qoboza Award
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
DC (May 22, 2012) – The Board of Directors of the National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Ghanaian journalist Anas
Aremeyaw Anas for this year’s Percy Qoboza Award. The honor will be recognized during
NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering of
minority journalists in the country.
The Percy Qoboza award is named for the late editor of The World newspaper in Soweto, South
Africa, whose powerful columns ranged from coverage of the 1976 Soweto Riots to
the tragic horror of apartheid. Like Ooboza, Anas risks harm in pursuit of
journalistic excellence and his efforts to be a voice for the voiceless. Anas
was nominated by NABJ’s Global Journalism Task Force.
For more than a decade, the deputy editor of The New Crusading Guide has defied the
trend of compliance and apathy among journalists in Ghana by conducting
hidden-camera investigations, resulting in legal and criminal action against
police, health officials, human traffickers and gangsters. One of his
investigations led to the freedom of 17 Chinese sex workers in West Africa. He
also exposed the infamous "Soldier Bar” brothel for teenagers, the criminally
poor treatment of patients at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and cocoa
smuggling at the Ghana-Ivory Coast border.
In a congratulatory phone call with NABJ President
Greg Lee, Anas said "Sometimes you sit on this continent and do think that
nobody's looking. It is heartwarming that all dangers we go through to help
impact on society is being recognized. I feel very proud receiving and honored
receiving this. I can assure all of my readers and viewers that this award will
not induce in me a sense of complacency."
Anas, whose nickname is "FBI," has received
numerous awards for his investigative work both at home and abroad, though he
avoids being photographed as part of the secret to his success. On a trip to Ghana in July, 2009 U.S.
President Barack Obama praised him for exposing the Chinese human-trafficking
syndicate at the risk of his own life.
Anas continues to expose himself to great risk and
has already been threatened and assaulted by police in the course of his work. He
says he was even rendered impotent because of drugs administered to him during
his investigation at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
It is Anas’
ability to produce groundbreaking work in the face of tremendous obstacles that
truly makes him deserving of this year’s Percy Qoboza award.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is
the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides
educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.