Pressure continues to mount on American giant publication New York Times as Bungoma Journalists Association became the latest umbrella to strongly condemned the new York times over its remarks that its not sorry on how it covered the terror attack in Nairobi.
Lead by the Association chairman John Makuba, the scribes said it was extremely unethical in the manner the international media house covered the incident.
Addressing a press conference in his office in Bungoma town on Friday, Makuba said that the new York times should respect MCK and apologize to Kenyans.
‘As Bungoma Journalists we would like to take this opportunity to register our disappointment in the manner in which you responded to Mr. David Omwoyo, CEO, Media Council of Kenya on your decision to publish a graphic photo in a news story in connection to the Dusit Complex Terror Attack in Nairobi,’ he said.
Makuba, a MediaMax reporter from Bungoma county, said that it is the cardinal responsibility of every journalist across the globe to desist from flaring up trauma for survivors and bereaved families especially during this trying moment, when Kenyans are still coming to terms with this fatal terror attack.
‘It is saddening that despite Mr Omwoyo raising the concerns with you after publishing gory images of the victims without being sensitive and thoughtful to their families, friends and relatives, you rudely went ahead and maintained that your decision was informed by the fact that you wanted to, “show a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this’, he said.
The New York Times had published crucial images of the bodies of murdered civilians at Dusit Hotel on it’s website, prompting Twitter Inc to suspend one of it’s twitter handles.
But when contacted by MCK to apologize to Kenyans, the publication’s Associate Managing Editor Philip B. Corbett defiantly wrote: “In recent years, Times editors have made hard choices – and published painful photos – in situations ranging from New York City to terror attacks in London and Manchester and many others.”
Makuba said that media laws often includes showing pictures that are not sensationalized but that give a real sense of the terrible situation.
‘We firmly stand with MCK that you do pull down the images failure to which you will face dire consequences as directed by the media regulatory body,’ he said.
A total of twenty one people died in the Wednesday incident living scores with injuries at Dusit hotel in riverside.
Kenyan security forces killed all the five terrorists.