BBC did a shoddy job in ‘Sex For Grades’ investigations – Ghanaian investigative journalist Manasseh Azure

Popular Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure has criticized BBC African Eye’s “Sex For Grades” documentary.

The investigations implicated two Ghanaian lecturers of the University of Ghana – Prof. Kwame Butakor and Prof. Ransford Gyampo.

However, Azure, who is famous for several investigations, including a Ford bribery case against former president John Mahama, said the BBC failed in providing evidence that lecturers wanted sex in exchange for grades.

According to him in a Facebook post, the BBC could have easily gotten a fake student ID card and index number to use to test the lecturers and not disguising themselves as student seeking mentorship or national service placement.

“Investigative journalism is like academic research. If you have randomly or purposively (as in Prof. Gyampo’s case) sampled a university lecturer who allegedly offers undeserved grades to his sexually harassed students, then you can only use one approach to test your hypothesis: let your engagement focus on the subject of the investigation,” he said.

“Go to the lecturer and tell him you are one of his over one thousand students and you have failed his subject or you are not sure of passing his subject. If he asks for sex in order to give you the grade, you have your story.

“You can easily get a fake student ID card and index number that show you a student taking his course. When you are going to bust a lecturer offering grades in return for sex, you don’t go to him or her as someone seeking mentorship or to seek national service placement without mentioning the subject of grades.

“In the case of Prof. Gyampo, as shown in the video, the lecturer made advances at a student who wanted to be mentored. In the process, he told her to be free to accept or reject the proposal. She did not give in. He requested a hug after buying her shoes. She declined. And they parted ways.

“I’m not justifying the conduct of Prof. Gyampo in the video. But the BBC’s investigative hypothesis, “Sex for Grades”, cannot be accepted or rejected because it was not tested in the first place.”

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