BBC’s ‘Sex for Grades’ Documentary Not Journalistic –
veteran lecturer in media studies and founder of Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Professor Kwame Karikari has faulted the BBC’s “Sex for Grades” documentary, describing it as not a journalistic work.
He said the methodology used by the BBC in producing the documentary was problematic.
“I have difficulty in accepting that the method of creating a scenario and calling it journalism can be accepted as journalism. I’m wondering if the BBC would apply the same method to subjects in the UK or in Europe or in North America. I have not seen the BBC in its newsroom activities using this method of somebody posing as a journalist, exposing something, and the BBC covering that journalism when it comes to Europeans,” Professor Karikari stated whilst reacting to the issue in a radio interview with Accra based Starr FM on Wednesday [October 9, 2019].
In a documentary produced by the BBC Africa Eye and published on Monday, October 7, 2019, the BBC reported that it has uncovered sexual harassment at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
The BBC sent female undercover reporters to the campuses of the two universities where it reported that they were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers – all the while wearing secret cameras.