"Covid Cure (1)": Anas's Investigative Journalism and the Ethics of Uncovering Fakes in African Spaces

"Covid Cure (1)": Anas's Investigative Journalism and the Ethics of Uncovering Fakes in African Spaces

Author: 
Atuire, Caesar A.
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor and Francis
Date published: 
2021
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Addison, Grace, jt. author
Owusu, Samuel Asiedu, jt. author
Kingori, Patricia, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Journal of African Cultural Studies
Source: 
Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 33 2021 Issue 3 pp. 312-319
Abstract: 

Investigative journalists sometimes resort to the use of fake identities in order to reveal fakes and malpractice, a phenomenon that can be described as revelatory fakery. Acclaimed investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw, in collaboration with BBC Africa Eye, employs revelatory fakery to expose and prosecute wrongdoers in Ghana. From an ethical viewpoint, Anas's revelatory fakery, a second order fakery, becomes a seedbed for an exponential level of fakery. This article poses the question whether Anas's work is journalism or instead yet another expression of fakery that allows a prosecutor to act as a journalist. This question is contextualised within the ethics of the broader narratives created by the BBC Africa Eye investigations, which feed and promote a spectacular but "fake" narrative about Africa as a place of negatives, difference, and darkness.

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CITATION: Atuire, Caesar A.. "Covid Cure (1)": Anas's Investigative Journalism and the Ethics of Uncovering Fakes in African Spaces . Oxon : Taylor and Francis , 2021. Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 33 2021 Issue 3 pp. 312-319 - Available at: http://library.au.int/covid-cure-1-anass-investigative-journalism-and-ethics-uncovering-fakes-african-spaces