Ghanaian journalist killed in a revenge attack

January 17, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Ghanaian journalist killed in a revenge attack

SITUATION

An undercover journalist belonging to Ghana was shot dead while driving back home. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot three times in the Capital City of Accra by unidentified men who were riding on motorbikes. Ahmed was a member of the Tiger Private Eye Investigations and had investigated the corruption in Ghana’s football leagues.

An undercover report which talked about the cash gifts led to a lifetime ban for the former head of Ghana’s Football Association.

BBC made a documentary about this scandal based on this investigation led by the head of Tiger Eye. Once this documentary was broadcasted, a Ghanaian MP named Kennedy Agyapong called for the punishing of Journalist Ahmed.

In response to this, a New York-based committee, to protect journalists, asked Mr. Agyapong to quit threatening journalists.

Tiger Eye has said that although it is devastated by the dastardly act, their effort against the ‘nation-wreckers’ continues.

CHALLENGE

It is fundamental for journalists and media professionals to receive, produce and share information, without facing physical or moral threats. It is unfortunate that journalists face violence and intimidation for exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Even though violence against the press is rare in Ghana, one other journalist has been killed in Ghana since 1992. The International Federation of Journalists says eight journalists were killed across all of Africa in 2017. It is also understood that many of these crimes are not reported as a result of powerful cultural and professional stigmas. Because of the advent of social media and internet communication, journalists are facing abuse and harassment online, such as hate speech, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, docking, trolling, public shaming and intimidation and threats.

UNESCO’s general director has condemned the killing of 530 journalists, which took place between 2012 and 2016. This amounts to an average of 2 murders a week. In the previous 5 year period, between 2007 and 2011, the UNESCO recorded 316 killings. 56 percent of the killings during the 2012-16 period happened in regions with ongoing armed conflict.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 14 percent of the above were killed while they were on dangerous assignments, 36 percent were caught in a crossfire, and the rest 50% were killed because of their job as a journalist.

Also, the most likely source of violence were political groups (36%) followed by the military (22%) and others. In its Global Report of 2017-18, it was learned that out of the 539 slain journalists, 113 were freelance journalists.

Agencies all around the world endeavor to protect free press at all costs. In this mission, science must play a pivotal role to help solve criminal cases regarding violence against journalists.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

The murder of Ahmed seems to be motivated by MP Agyapong’s call to retribution. On the other hand, it may also be true that somebody else may have taken advantage of this call to retribution to settle old scores with Ahmed.

It is extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive to find this out using conventional intelligence gathering methods. By consuming so much time, justice is delayed. According to a popular aphorism, ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ Thus, it is safe to believe that law enforcement, investigative agencies and the justice departments across the world will be interested in help from modern science in the form of a tool or technology which can help make intelligence gathering and interrogation more reliable, accurate, and quick.

Brainwave Science, an organization based in Massachusetts, United States, has the answer to this global quest. It has developed and markets a modern technique, called iCognative, which detects concealed information stored in the brain of a suspect or a witness.

iCognative is able to accurately do so by using cutting-edge digital technology to measure brain waves. DNA and conventional fingerprinting have been in use to match a suspect to his or her crime. The issue is that fingerprints and DNA evidence are recovered in only 1-2% of all cases. Also, investigators must collect and diligently preserve such information, analyze it in laboratories and wait for a certain time in order to obtain results.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative fills this void because it is applicable to, believe it or not, 85%-90% of all criminal and civil cases. To add to this, iCognative is not nearly as costly, labor-intensive, or time-consuming as DNA and conventional fingerprinting.

iCognative involves the use of a specialized headset and a portable computer. A trained test administrator conducts the test. A test subject is usually a witness or a suspect of a specific crime.

In order to conduct the iCognative test, the testee must be made to look at a series of stimuli on a computer screen. The stimuli can be pictures, words, and phrases related to the crime under investigation. These inputs are called stimuli. In this case, the stimuli which the investigative agencies may use upon the arrest of the suspects is details of the route taken by Ahmed on his commute back home, the CCTV footage of the killing if any, the cell phone records of Ahmed before his killing, the cellphone records of MP Agyapong, etc.

As the suspect is being exposed to the stimuli, he or she must wear a non-invasive proprietary headset, which records and transmits recorded brain responses to the iCognative computer, in real-time.

After a usual 45-minute iCognative test, the system results in either of the two outputs, ‘information present’ or ‘information absent.’ This is greatly helpful to investigative agencies in order to specifically screen suspects in ongoing investigations.

The iCognative test does not involve any torture, and there is no known way to fool the test. It is accurate to a degree more than 99% and is highly customizable and easy to learn.

Investigative agencies in Ghana could save their time, effort and money by utilizing the cutting edge technology offered only by Brainwave Science, called iCognative, to solve the murder of Ahmed.

Main Source: BBC

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