Riverside terror attack: ‘New York Times’ apologises after uproar over photos of the dead


Cars are seen on fire at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at ...
Cars are seen on fire at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Summary

  • The article written by East Africa Bureau Chief Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, drew public ire as it contained graphic images of bullet riddled bodies at the scene of crime.
  • The article was brought to the attention of Kenyans online by Twitter user Fadhili Kanini who called out several international media outlets for the disturbing images.
  • While responding to Mr. Kanini’s tweet, Ms. Freytas – at first seemingly defiant – distanced herself from blame saying she does not choose photos for stories published on the platform.

A senior journalist with The New York Times was on Tuesday forced to issue an apology on behalf of the paper following uproar from Kenyans over graphic images of the terror attack at 14 Riverside Drive posted on the website.

The article – titled Nairobi Attack: Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Assault –written by incoming East Africa Bureau Chief Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, drew public ire as it contained graphic images of bodies at the scene of crime.

The article was brought to the attention of Kenyans online by Twitter user Fadhili Kanini who called out several international media outlets for the disturbing images, terming them “absolutely distasteful, disgusting and deplorable.”

 

 

 

 

While responding to Mr. Kanini’s tweet, Ms. Freytas – at first seemingly defiant – distanced herself from blame saying she does not choose photos for stories published on the platform.

Her response only seemed to add more fire to an already raging fire, forcing her to offer an apology “for causing anger and anguish over the photos that have been published with our reporting.”

Kenyans online were, however, adamant to accept her apology, only asking her to ensure the photos were pulled down.

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