New York Times says photo of dead bodies in 14 Riverside attack story will remain


New York Times office in singapore
New York Times office in Singapore

The New York Times, an international media company, has said a controversial photo of dead bodies that was used in a story on the 14 Riverside attack in Nairobi will not be pulled down.

This comes after an uproar on social media that saw the NYT photo page on Twitter removed after Kenyans reported that it had gone against the policy on posting prohibited content.

An email to Citizen Digital from Zach Montague, a senior NYT editor said:

“Thank you for writing to us about our report on Tuesday’s attack in Nairobi, Kenya. We understand how painful this coverage can be, and we try to be very sensitive in how we handle both words and images in these situations.

“We want to be respectful to the victims and to others affected by the attack. But we also believe it is important to give our readers a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this. This includes showing pictures that are not sensationalized but that give a real sense of the situation. We take the same approach wherever in the world something like this happens — whether it’s a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., or a terror attack in Toronto or London — balancing the need for sensitivity and respect with our mission of showing the reality of these events.”

As of Wednesday, 7:30am, the controversial picture was still on the New York Times article even as Kenyans on Twitter created hashtags to express their anger and disappointment.

The hashtags include: #NewYorkTimes, #SomeoneTellNYT and #deportkimiko

Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura is the bureau chief of the New York Times office for East Africa region.

Her response after complaints were raised about the picture also elicited fury on several social media platforms.

Twitter’s describes graphic content as “gory media related to death, serious injury, violence, or surgical procedures.”

“Twitter allows some forms of graphic violence and/or adult content in Tweets marked as containing sensitive media.

“However, you may not use such content in live video, your profile, or header images. Additionally, Twitter may sometimes require you to remove excessively graphic violence,” the policy reads.

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