ISSN: 20010818
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
‘Ghana in the Eyes of God’: Media ecology and the Anas journalistic investigation of Ghana’s judiciary
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Authors:  Felix Odartey-Wellington And  Anas Aremeyaw Anas And  Percy Boamah 
DOI: 10.1386/ajms.6.2.293_1

Anas Aremeyaw Anas,Ghana corruption,discourse,Ghana judiciary,media ecology,investigative journalism

In September 2015, investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed covertly gathered audio-visual evidence of judicial corruption in Ghana. We contextualize the journalistic investigation that resulted in what became known as the ‘judges scandal’ in media ecology, emphasizing the importance of digital technologies to the investigation. From a discourse analysis of media reportage, we argue that public focus on the human agency implicated in the investigation is unmatched by conversations regarding the impact of new communication technologies that facilitated the investigation. We suggest a conversational expansion to consider ramifications of new digital communication technologies for social power relations in Ghana, and the potential for holding public office holders to account. By highlighting communication technology as a factor, we direct attention to a potential area for intervention by way of journalistic activity and civil society capacity building in Ghana.
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