Obama hails good Ghanaian journalism, Anas Aremeyaw Anas

newspapersPresident Obama in his electrifying speech in Ghana’s Parliament during his historic visit July 11, 2009, made a point that says lazy journalism does not pay.

He paid glowing tribute to arguably, Ghana’s irrepressible, selfless and unmatched symbol of good journalism, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Talking about the things that give life to democracy, because that is what matters in peoples’ lives, he said, “in the 21st century, capable, reliable and transparent institutions are the key to success — strong parliaments and honest police forces; independent judges and journalists; a vibrant private sector and civil society.”

President Obama singled out Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Patience Quaye, a police officer in his speech for commendation. “Ghanaians have chosen Constitutional rule over autocracy, and shown a democratic spirit that allows the energy of your people to break through”, he said.

“We see that in leaders who accept defeat graciously, and victors who resist calls to wield power against the opposition,” adding, “we see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth. We see it in police like Patience Quaye, who helped prosecute the first human trafficker in Ghana.”

These two gallant Ghanaians have shown that honesty, perseverance and professionalism

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  1. Alex Muah says

    Papa manuel. You are doing a great job. Obama or other great leader elsewhere will surely recognise your efforts and pat you chest. We need to talk. All the best for the day.

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