Nairobi Attack: New York Times Receives Backlash Over ‘Insensitive’ Article


By Samantha Byakutaga

In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack in the Kenyan Capital Nairobi last evening, hundreds of social media users have come out show outrage to the US based New York Times newspaper, which run an extremely graphic story, showing among others bodies of the slain victims of the attack, as well as those that were badly injured.

At least six people are said to have been killed in the attack at DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, which involved a suicide bomber and gunfire.

The attack was claimed by Somali based Terror Group Al Shabaab and is the third of this magnitude, since 2013.

The Times last evening put out a statement last evening in response to the social media backlash, in which they appeared more unapologetic.

“We want to be respectful of the victims and to others affected by the attack,” the statement read.

“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…give a real sense of the situation.”


The statement as expected, generated more outrage, with some of the commentators calling for the Kenyan Media Council to revoke the media credential of the Times reporters.



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