Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

Victims of the Dusit Terrorist Attack in Nairobi are laid to rest. Photo credit: Daily Active Kenya.

Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on Dusit D2 Hotel and Secret Gardens restaurant, Riverside Complex, Nairobi, which claimed 21 lives, according to an updated report by The Star. The graphic photos were posted on Twitter and swiftly drew backlash. The American media house subsequently had its photo handle, @NYTphoto, suspended by Twitter for violating its guidelines.View image on Twitter

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FERDINAND OMONDI@FerdyOmondi

New York times photo account suspended- after outrage over posting apparent images of the dead from #RiversideAttack in Kenya.75110:58 AM – Jan 15, 2019510 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

The publication of the photos represented a Western media double standard when it came to negative news from Africa: unlike their coverage of the many mass shootings in the US during which they have never published graphic images of victims, the Times did not hesitate to do this in covering the Dusit attack. Shortly after it began being called out, with more than 12,000 people having signed a Change.org petition to force the paper to take down the photos, it made a tweet that basically justifies the decision.

The New York Times@nytimes · Jan 15, 2019

A luxury hotel and an office complex housing foreign companies in Nairobi came under heavy attack by Shabab militants on Tuesday, on the eve of a verdict in the trial of 4 men charged with helping the group stage a similar assault 5 years ago https://nyti.ms/2Dc8crK 

The New York Times@nytimes

We have heard from some readers upset with our publishing a photo showing victims after a brutal attack in Nairobi. 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. https://nyti.ms/2VTreKW  pic.twitter.com/1sqgTnnVKW1,18412:25 PM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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But Twitter users were having none of it.

Wanja Kimandi@wanjarReplying to @nytimes

@nytimes, you have provided to our enemies a front row seat to the mayhem they have created. You are now part and parcel of this story. And let history note that on this day, you did not stand with Kenya. We will remember and do what we do best, revisit.62710:07 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy131 people are talking about this

sitawa Renee@sitawareneReplying to @nytimes

Shame on you. Be considerate to the families who are Still in shock.1039:35 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee sitawa Renee’s other Tweets

Wanjugu@MissNderuReplying to @nytimes

we see some of these people everyday we go to work. They are not just strangers from a far off country. Show both those who have died and those who have survived some respect. It’s the responsible way to report.3639:25 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy49 people are talking about this

Susan Nyall@asali234Replying to @nytimes

Please take pic down. I never see pictures of dead euros or Americans when you cover their disasters. Respect please.1969:32 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy41 people are talking about this

Rhapsody in Black@AndrewKabenaReplying to @nytimes

If anyone has ever lost sight as to how the west views black people, then this is your wake up cal before you lull back to slumber. It has not changed and it will never change. Love your people my people, you are all alone on this starship earth.27710:35 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy65 people are talking about this

Sarah Kastner@SarahKastnerReplying to @nytimes

I encourage everyone to report the @nytimes for their flagrant disregard for human life. It is unethical and unacceptable to publish these images and it would NOT happen if the deceased were white North Americans.91510:55 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy385 people are talking about this

James Kiragu@OfficialKiraguReplying to @nytimes

I strongly recommend that government of Kenya ban The New York Times from undertaking any business in Kenya to serve as a lesson to western propagandists.

A few years back we were here with CNN.

Humanity must be a priority!#RiversideAttack #Nairobi #DusitHotelAttack352:45 PM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee James Kiragu’s other Tweets

Pia Basu@Pia_BasuReplying to @nytimes

Showing images of the dead is sensational & disrespectful. If the same had occurred in the U.S., you would never show images of the victims. This is an ethical violation & double standard with complete disregard for these victims & families. Pls take these images down ASAP!511:45 PM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Pia Basu’s other Tweets

The MillennialPreneur@WendyAydahReplying to @nytimes

……an office complex “housing foreign companies”? Really @nytimes ? REALLY????
It’s not 1920, we see the narrative that you are trying to push and the agenda behind it. What, your staff too racist to just type “housing several companies”? #racist content much?3710:44 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee The MillennialPreneur’s other Tweets

Sam Gichuru@SamGichuru

Between this story by a UK media & those photos by New York times, as black Africans, we are nothing but a statistic to western media.

How do we earn our respect, how do we teach others to respect us and treat us as equals?#14Riverside#RiversideAttackhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8207170/nairobi-hotel-attack-kenya-sas-terrorists/amp/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&__twitter_impression=true …358:38 AM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy36 people are talking about this

Using the hashtag #deportkimiko, some Kenyans are pushing for the removal of The New York Times‘ East Africa bureau chief, the Paris-born Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, less than four months into her appointment. The controversial report of the attack—which emphasized that the complex houses foreign companies without mentioning that it actually houses many more Kenyan companies—had been written by her, and she had been among the first to tweet it with the images. Her initial response to the criticism had been “dismissive.”

The New York Times@nytimes

A luxury hotel and an office complex housing foreign companies in Nairobi came under heavy attack by Shabab militants on Tuesday, on the eve of a verdict in the trial of 4 men charged with helping the group stage a similar assault 5 years ago https://nyti.ms/2Dc8crK 1,2818:30 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,502 people are talking about this

Jim Chuchu@jimchuchu

I am all in favour of this #DeportKimiko tag, not for the immediate catharsis it provides to an angry public, but because it highlights a greater issue. I have always said that the ecosystem of global media sending foreign press to “cover Africa” is a dangerous one.48910:06 PM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy381 people are talking about this

Mbugua Brian@MbuguaBrian3

We will not entertain arrogance from international journalists who do not respect our values. #someonetellNYtimes #deportKimikoPatricia Kihoro@MisskihoroReplying to @kimidefreytas and 4 othersSurely Kimiko, as incoming EA Bureau Chief, you would have quicker say if you asked them directly, rather than exhibit a rather dismissive attitude on this and asked folks on twitter to request the image to be taken down. How callous. Show some responsibility and compassion.12011:51 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy60 people are talking about this

Patricia Kihoro@Misskihoro · Jan 15, 2019Replying to @kimidefreytas and 4 others

Surely Kimiko, as incoming EA Bureau Chief, you would have quicker say if you asked them directly, rather than exhibit a rather dismissive attitude on this and asked folks on twitter to request the image to be taken down. How callous. Show some responsibility and compassion.

Proverbs 5:3@jackndunya

She should be blocked from working in East Africa both @UKenyatta @KagutaMuseveni and @MagufuliJP should take note of her arrogance and block her work permit immediately.2211:08 AM – Jan 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Proverbs 5:3’s other Tweets

Kimiko, who has been described by Hapa Kenya as someone who “doesn’t respect black bodies and Kenya to some extent,” had returned with a softer stance.

I actually did though apologies if I sounded dismissive. I wasn’t. But writers don’t know til the piece is published what photos are being used. Thanks

— Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura (@kimidefreytas) January 15, 2019

This is a profoundly tragic development. We commiserate with Kenyans.View image on Twitter

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Katambo@kiokobrReplying to @nytimes

Kenyans we are one, God with us, a very safe country22610:20 AM – Jan 15, 201924 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Read more about it on Africanews and Daily Nation.

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