Outrage Over Images Of Kenyan Attack

Warning: Graphic photo. The CEO of a Kenyan daily newspaper apologized Sunday for the paper’s front-page photo amid reports of top-level firings.

1. The day after at least 68 people were killed in a violent mall attack by Somalian terrorist cell al-Shabab, Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation depicted the event with a violent cover photograph of an injured woman.

3. Linus Gitahi, the CEO of Nation Media Group, went on Kenyan television to issue an apology for the editorial decision.


Linus Gitahi

@LGtwits

Kenyans, we made a poor judgement on our front page photo today. We sincerely apologize for the hurt caused.

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6. Charles Onyango-Obbo, a journalist and executive editor for Nation Media Group’s Africa and digital media division, also expressed his regret at the photo’s use.

We wish we could unring the bell on our Sunday Nation cover. We made a grievous error in choosing that photo.

— cobbo3 (@Charles Onyango-Obbo)

Charles Onyango-Obbo

@cobbo3

We wish we could unring the bell on our Sunday Nation cover. We made a grievous error in choosing that photo.

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8. Shortly after the apology was issued, Managing Editor Eric Obino, who approved the photograph, was reported to be fired from the newspaper.

CONFIRMED: Sunday Nation boss Eric Obino sacked and all his security access at Nation Centre revoked. #WestgateAttack

— RobertAlai (@Robert A.)

Robert A.

@RobertAlai

CONFIRMED: Sunday Nation boss Eric Obino sacked and all his security access at Nation Centre revoked. #WestgateAttack

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10. Many Kenyans have been offended by the coverage of the events and have taken to social media to urge publications to retract their photographs or reconsider their coverage.

The headline of one of the daily's has brough a lot of anguish to all Kenyans and we urge the media to be sensitive on what they report on.

— PoliceKE (@Kenya Police)

Kenya Police

@PoliceKE

The headline of one of the daily’s has brough a lot of anguish to all Kenyans and we urge the media to be sensitive on what they report on.

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Sunday Nation have failed.

— Stellatish (@*♠♠Tish♠♠*)

*â™ â™ Tishâ™ â™ *

@Stellatish

Sunday Nation have failed.

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The shocking picture of a suffering woman at Westgate on the Daily Nation front page today is both unethical and unprofessional.

— joekadhi (@Joe Kadhi)

Joe Kadhi

@joekadhi

The shocking picture of a suffering woman at Westgate on the Daily Nation front page today is both unethical and unprofessional.

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Daily Nation that front page is wrong and you should pay for it! Those are PEOPLE not a reason to sell a paper! @dailynation #Westgate

— SweetMissAyniee (@Khaleesi Äyni Ö)

Khaleesi Äyni Ö

@SweetMissAyniee

Daily Nation that front page is wrong and you should pay for it! Those are PEOPLE not a reason to sell a paper! @dailynation #Westgate

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Hey @dailynation this photo would've been Nice. Hope Over Terror,Humanity over Fear. Oh well,carry on

— sickolia_ (@Oziiiiiiiiillllll!!!)

Oziiiiiiiiillllll!!!

@sickolia_

Hey @dailynation this photo would’ve been Nice. Hope Over Terror,Humanity over Fear. Oh well,carry on

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But still.. That front page picture on today's Sunday Nation was just wrong. I shredded the front page after buying the paper.!

— cremedj (@Creme De La Creme)

Creme De La Creme

@cremedj

But still.. That front page picture on today’s Sunday Nation was just wrong. I shredded the front page after buying the paper.!

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Dear Daily Nation for your front page; you get a #journalismfail - the victims, their families and humanity need dignity and respect! #basic

— chaolafemefatal (@Chao Tolle)

Chao Tolle

@chaolafemefatal

Dear Daily Nation for your front page; you get a #journalismfail - the victims, their families and humanity need dignity and respect! #basic

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As the @dailynation disregards a victim's dignity & publishes an insensitive cover image in today's Sunday Nation I must #BoycottDailyNation

— kenya_tweets (@Kenya Tweets)

Kenya Tweets

@kenya_tweets

As the @dailynation disregards a victim’s dignity & publishes an insensitive cover image in today’s Sunday Nation I must #BoycottDailyNation

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19. Meanwhile, the New York Daily News used the same photo for its front page, and appears to have received little push back from Americans.

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