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.
The Media Council has clear guidelines on how to cover Terror attacks in #Kenya. With the @nytimes flouting aspects of this Policy; it is grounds enough to appeal for the revocation of the Press Credentials for the Newspapers journalists within this jurisdiction.
— Paul Achar (@paulachar) January 15, 2019
When covering 9/11 I guess this alleged approach to covering terror was forgotten – https://t.co/HaSrhd9Gl0
Or the California attack…we saw Police cars and hugs in your story. Human triumph, love and the beauty of response…but hey in Africa different approaches apply!
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) January 15, 2019
I’ve gone to your website, November 2018, Thousand Oaks California, mass shooting. The photos? Cop cars, a mum’s heartfelt message, a map, the American flag… And hugs. Where are the bodies for context? Stop this institutionalized hate for us. https://t.co/f8m55ECQdY
— Fat Girl Nairobi (@FatgirlNairobi) January 15, 2019
Presumably we will be seeing photos of children in the next mass shootout in the US so we can “get a real sense of the situation” right?
— Mazza (@MarionneRyan) January 15, 2019
There have been all kinds of tragic events in the West, including school shootings, and you are always careful, taking into account the families of the slain. The fact that you had to be reminded about this in this case is telling.
— W. Gyude Moore (@gyude_moore) January 15, 2019
Considering that last year there were over 300 mass shootings in USA, I’m expecting to see at least 600 bodies riddled with bullets on the @nytimes . That is if you are just trying to give “a clear picture” of the horror of such events. #SomeoneTellNYTimes
— Bwana Thanos🇰🇪 (@BenjaminIsOteko) January 16, 2019
An apology with a ‘BUT’ ain’t an apology!! There’s nothing to justify. You messed up big time, just accept and take corrective action…. Period! #SomeoneTellNyTimes
— Leonardo de Njiru 🇰🇪 (@lennynjagi) January 15, 2019