Human Rights & Human Diversity
Lives of Leadership and Purpose Speaker Series: Anas Aremeyaw Anas, "Journalism, Democracy, and Human Rights"
Date: Jan 20/11
Time: 7:30 - 9:30
Location: Research and Academic Centre West, Room 002, 150 Dalhousie St., Brantford
Cost: Free. Open to the public.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is devoted to improving the state of his country. He has conducted high risk undercover investigations to produce documentaries because he believes that "the media must not be cowed into docility." His documentaries have addressed child prostitution, human traffickers, human rights abuses in a psychiatric hospital, and corruption and abuse in a state orphanage; they have resulted in the freeing of child prostitutes and trafficked women, arrests and convictions, and government embarrassment. He was recently featured in an article in November's edition of The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/smuggler-forger-writer-spy/8267/). Anas' story reminds us in Canada of the importance of courage--both individual courage and a courageous media--to a free and democratic society that respects human rights.
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Anas' work has received international attention.
• In a speech in Accra in July 2009, President Obama said, "We see that [democratic] spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth." http://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2009/July/20090711110050abretnuh0.1079783.html
• Anas is featured in an article in the November 2010 edition of The Atlantic (“Smuggler, Forger, Writer, Spy”). http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/smuggler-forger-writer-spy/8267/
• In March 2010 he was invited to speak at the United Nations by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International http://www.modernghana.com/news/265993/1/anas-to-speak-at-the-united-nations.html .
• In 2008 he received the U.S. State Department's "Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award".
• He received the Global Health Council Excellence in Journalism Award in March 2010 in Washington for his work on the mental health facility http://allafrica.com/stories/201006260001.html
• He was among 25 finalists for the 2009 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year Award http://www.elombah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1133:aremeyaw-anas-the-ghanaian-journalist-praised-by-barack-obama&catid=25:politics&Itemid=92).
• In November he received second prize at the Forum for African Investigative Reporters Awards (FAIR) 2010 in Johannesburg. (http://news.myjoyonline.com/international/201011/55534.asp )
Contact: Dr. Andrew Robinson
Phone: 519-756-8228 x5743
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