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Over 14K people sign petition to have NYT remove gory Dusit images


People around the world have come together and signed a petition to have New York Times pull down gory images of those killed in the 14 Riverside attack in Nairobi.

A spot check by Nairobi News on the change.org website, a platform renowned worldwide for pushing humanitarian causes, showed that more than 14,000 people had so far signed.

With a goal of 15,000, the petitioners want the newspaper to respect the people who died during the terror attack that happened on Tuesday.

Several requests have been made via email and social media to have the photos relating to the incident removed from the NYT article.

MEDIA ETHICS

They want NYT to adhere to integrity and media ethics and honor victims and families affected by the terror attack in Kenya with the same respect it shows to victims and families affected by similar events in USA and Europe.

NYT on Wednesday released a statement in support of Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura,  the in coming East Africa region bureau chief, whose article has elicited a national outcry.

“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,” the media house said.

The Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa (FCAEA) has also released a statement in support of Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura.

“The FCAEA condemns the extremely aggressive and personal attacks through social media against Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura of the New york Times for photographs selected not by her, but by her editors in New York, and used alongside her reporting,” read part of the statement.