NUMBER 12: Kweku Baako Apologizes to BBC
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has apologized for publicly stating that Anas’ documentary; Number 12 was a collaboration between the BBC and the ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Kweku Baako Jnr explained that he made the comment at the time because he assumed that the people Anas was involved with during the investigations were still with the BBC.
Contrary to the premiere and aftermath of the documentary work by Investigate Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas titled NUMBER 12, the veteran journalist has made public awareness stating that, the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) in involve in bringing the work to a better end.
Mr Baako even said the BBC was disappointed Mr Nyantakyi was arrested when the president made a report to the Police over the confidential documentary.
“Indeed I can tell you that the BBC is disappointed that this happened. I was disappointed, Anas disappointed because none of us knew that there was going to be a response, I got to know after the event had taken place.” Mr Baako has said.
But the official communication which is an email from the BBC to Sulemana Braimah of the MFWA denied any such collaborations.The email said among other things that the BBC has no knowledge of the Number 12 video and did not participate or sanction it as rumours may have suggested.
They said they only wrote a report documentary ‘Betraying the Game’, which is an ‘independent’ and ‘impartial’ report on an investigative work by Anas, adding that they did not sanction or sponsor it
”Contrary to any reports or rumours you may have heard or seen prior to publication stating ‘Number 12′ was a product of a collaborative work by the BBC and the journalist (Anas Aremeyaw Anas) this was not the case,’’ – the BBC said in a statement on Monday.
However Kweku Baako contributing to a panel discussion on Wednesday’s edition of Peace FM‘s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘ said; “I accept responsibility for what I put out there and if people got deceived I apologize . . . I said so because I just thought it was the truth I was putting out . . . whatever it is, Kweku Baako takes full responsibility for that misrepresentation or misinformation I put out there, and I sincerely apologize“.
”So I was wrong . . . and that is why the BBC made Anas to go on air to clear the misconception. This Sulemana stuff is belated because already Anas had cleared the air,” he added.