Associated Press accused of ‘biased’ reporting on Ethiopian Airlines crash


Associated Press accused of 'biased' reporting on Ethiopian Airlines crash
Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

In Summary

  • A majority of social media users, especially Africans, felt the reporting was partially biased, inconsiderate and insensitive since Kenya had the highest number of casualties from the incident at 32.
  • The continent, at large, lost about 55 souls from the fatal crash yet Egypt was the only African country mentioned by The Associated Press in their tweet.
  • Other African countries that had casualties from the accident include: Ethiopia (9), Morocco (2), as well as Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia, Togo, Uganda and Nigeria with one each.

The Associated Press, a United States-based media house was on Sunday on the receiving end online for alleged biased reporting on the Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed 157 lives.

This was after A.P, in a Breaking News tweet posted after the crash, wrote: “BREAKING: Authorities say Canadians, Chinese, Americans, Italians, Indians, French, British, Egyptians among those killed in Ethiopian plane crash.”

It was not lost on many that Africans were largely left out of the alert and many felt the reporting was partially biased, inconsiderate and insensitive since Kenya had the highest number of casualties from the incident at 32.

The continent, at large, lost about 55 souls from the fatal crash yet Egypt was the only African country mentioned by The Associated Press.

Other African countries that had casualties from the accident include: Ethiopia (9), Morocco (2), as well as Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia, Togo, Uganda and Nigeria with one each.

Taking to Twitter, netizens rubbished the New York not-for-profit news agency further urging them to pull down or edit the post.

The media house was, however, yet to respond or react to the backlash as at the time of publishing.

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