Our reporter always dresses the part get the scoop

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

There’s no limit to the lengths that Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a crime reporter based in Ghana, will go to in his efforts to file a story.

By way of numerous disguises, where he has variously masqueraded as an assembly line worker, a parent with a (fake) baby, a sheikh, a vagrant, a woman, and, best of all perhaps, a rock, Anas has succeeded in digging up the dirt on all manner of criminals, undertakings that have often resulted in their arrests.

Of Anas’s many faces, there’s one in which he doesn’t have a face at all – just two small eyeholes cut into what looks like an enormous, crinkled paper bag. Silly? Maybe. But his impression of a giant rock is also effective: In 2010, Anas used the disguise near a border post at the Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire crossing to spy on trucks from the roadside. As it turned out, the trucks were smuggling cocoa beans across the border. Anas’s report helped the police build a rock-solid case.

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