Photos: Anas, Bola Ray, Ama K Abebrese, Abraham Attah & Others At Launch of Africa Investigates Documentary Film Series In Ghana

Photos: Anas, Bola Ray, Ama K Abebrese, Abraham Attah & Others At Launch of Africa Investigates Documentary Film Series In Ghana

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Africa Investigates is a documentary series that gives some of Africa’s best

journalists the opportunity to pursue high-level investigative targets across the

continent – using their unique perspective and local knowledge to put

corruption, exploitation and abuse under the spotlight. The series is produced

by Insight TWI and commissioned by the Al Jazeera International news

network.

Africa Investigates was conceived by award winning African journalists and

investigators Sorious Samura and Anas Aremeyaw Anas together with

Diarmuid Jeffreys of Al Jazeera and Ron McCullagh of Insight News TV (now

Insight TWI: The World Investigates).

All too often in the past, African reporters have not been able to pursue

wrongdoing because it involves powerful figures who wield undue influence

over local media – financial, corporate or political – or because it is simply too

dangerous. Investigative journalism is a perilous profession in many African

nations, where intimidation, beatings, imprisonment and death threats can be

an occupational hazard. As a result they have often had to sit idly by while

Africa’s story has been told by Western correspondents, “parachuted in” for

the purpose, who reinforce stereotypical views about African people and their

supposed inability to face up to and solve their own problems.

It is this trend that Africa Investigates seeks to correct.

Since the launch of the first series in 2011, Africa Investigates has

empowered African investigative journalists to produce impactful and award

winning documentary films that have revealed the truth about corruption and

abuse across the continent (See list of some notable films and synopsis

attached).

Now in its third season, Africa Investigates seeks to empower even more

African Investigative journalists to tackle the biggest and most important

stories across the continent.

GhOne is a new addition to the EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting) family with

the vision to become the premier Information and Communication Services

Organization by leading our Market with a Global Perspective.

As the hub of news, current affairs and entertainment especially for the youth

across the country, we are inspired to influence society positively hence our

partnership with Insight TWI; The World Investigates and Al Jazeera

International News Network in the broadcasting of one of the most sought

after award winning documentary films that has revealed the truth about

corruption and abuse across the continent.

At GhOne we are committed to serving our dear nation with quality news,

current affairs and entertaining productions with the mindset of inspiring our

viewers with thought provoking television content. In View of this GhOne

Television is happy to partner with Insight TWI; The World Investigates and Al

Jazeera International News Network to give Ghanaians the opportunity to

view the Africa Investigate Documentary Film Series on GhOne Television.

List of Africa Investigates Films

 Fools Gold

Ghana is the second-largest producer of gold on the continent and is now

home to a large network of gold fraudsters. But the new gold rush has come

with a big rise in scams and confidence tricks. They now represent a major

threat for companies and individuals and many of them take place in Africa.

Investors have lost millions at their hands.

In this investigation, we go undercover to lift the lid on this illusory pot of gold.

 Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus

Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Zimbabwean children have taken

quite remarkable risks to smuggle themselves across the border into South

Africa. For the most part they are acting illegally, and most travel alone or

unaccompanied by adult relatives, but it is the only way that many of them feel

they can escape the debilitating poverty, disease and violence they have

experienced under Robert Mugabe’s regime. Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus is a

searing investigation into a phenomenon, ignored by much of the world’s

media, that has seen school-aged African children struggling for survival and

facing a dangerous and uncertain future.

 Sierra Leone: Timber!

Illegal logging is laying waste to Sierra Leone’s endangered forests. Despite

years of laws and bans, its precious timber is still being exported abroad and

unless something is done the country’s woodlands will have been destroyed

within a decade. So why can the authorities not do more to stop it?

In this edition of Africa Investigates, reporter Sorious Samura exposes the

high level corruption that is stripping his homeland bare.

 Liberia: Living with Ebola

On a journey to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic, award-winning journalist

Sorious Samura follows Liberia’s poorly paid and ill-equipped health workers

as they risk their lives to treat the infected and recover the bodies of the dead.

 Ghana Gold

With the price of precious metals surging on the world market, Ghana is

experiencing a new gold rush as more people try and get access to its most

famous export. Unfortunately, much of that effort revolves around unlicensed –

and hence illegal – mining operations, known locally as galamsey, which are

often funded by foreign speculators and criminals. The potential profits are

huge but few if any of the groups and individuals involved will spare a thought

for the environmental destruction illegal mining causes or for the safety of

workers they hire, on pitiful salaries, to extract the gold on their behalf. As

Ghanaian investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been discovering,

the consequences of this indifference can be tragic.

 Spell of the Albino

In this remarkable episode of Africa Investigates, Tanzanian journalist Richard

Mgamba, albino community representative Isaack Timothy and Ghanaian

investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas set out to Investigate the sinister

trade in the body parts of murdered albinos in Tanzania.

In the process they meet two albino children, victims of vicious assaults that

occurred in the weeks the film was being made. One of them is a 12-year-old

boy who had part of his hand cut off, allegedly with the connivance of his

father who is now in police custody and awaiting trial. The other is a 16-year-

old girl whose left arm was hacked off by a stranger with a machete.

 Zimbabwe: Stealing Lives

Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world; nearly

15 pecent of the population carry the virus. Hundreds of thousands of

Zimbabweans are kept alive by anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) given freely by aid

agencies on condition that they are not re-sold and that they are used for

treating those in need. The drugs have played a vital role in stabilizing a

situation that was running out of control a decade ago, citing the death rate by

more than two-thirds.

As Zimbabwean health reporter Cassim John discovered while making this

disturbing film for Africa Investigates, the medicines are somehow being

siphoned out of hospitals, clinics and the national pharmaceutical network and

then sold on the black market – often for use as recreational narcotics.

So who is responsible for this illegal trade and why is it being allowed to

flourish?

 Nigeria’s Fake Doctors

Take a drive though any city or large town in Nigeria and the chances are you

will come across numerous privately owned health clinics, doctor’s surgeries

and hospitals. They are so widespread because Nigeria’s state-run health

system – ranked at 197th out of 200 by the World Health Organization – is

chronically underfunded and so overstretched that it simply cannot meet all

the demands made on it. Private medicine fills the gap and in the best cases,

at least for those who can afford it, it can provide a valuable alternative

service.

Two journalists go undercover to delve into the disturbing world of West

Africa’s quack doctors.

 Ghana: Food for Thought

Following the discovery of oil in 2010, Ghana is on the road to becoming one

of Africa’s more economically successful countries. But it is not quite there yet

and still ranks 138th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development

Index. The most obvious signs of this poverty are found in the north of the

country, where most of the population are small scale subsistence farmers

who have to battle with poor soil quality, an erratic rainy season, and recurrent

floods and droughts. These problems in turn often lead to serious food

shortages and high rates of malnutrition.

In this episode of Africa Investigates, Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw

Anas sets out in search of the answers and unveils a truly shocking tale of

theft and corruption.

 Uganda: Temples of Injustice

Judicial corruption undermines the fabric of any modern society. If the police

routinely take bribes and court officials are for sale to the highest bidder, then

justice is put beyond the reach of ordinary people and it becomes impossible

to trust the law.

But as this episode of Africa Investigates reveals, that is exactly what is

happening in Uganda. Local journalist Emmanuel Mutaizibwa goes in search

of bent cops and crooked lawyers. His film – much of which was filmed

undercover in and around one court on the outskirts of the capital Kampala –

reveals that corruption in the judiciary is disturbingly commonplace.

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