A senior journalist with The New York Times who wrote the story about the 14 Riverside Drive terror attack complete with graphic images of dead people has reportedly been transferred.
Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, who had just been named the media giant’s East Africa Bureau Chief coming into the New Year, is now a correspondent based in London.
This comes following uproar after an article on the Riverside terror attack with her byline – titled ‘Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Assault on Nairobi Hotel-Office Complex’ – appeared in the publication on January 15, 2019 containing images of dead people from the scene.
Kenyans on Twitter (popularly referred to as ‘KOT’), came baying for the publication as well as the author’s blood citing insensitivity in the coverage of the story at a time the country was mourning.
Kimiko, in mitigation, distanced herself from blame saying she does not choose photos for stories published on the platform.
Her response only seemed to add more fire to an already raging fire, forcing her to offer an apology “for causing anger and anguish over the photos that have been published with our reporting.”
The apology, however, came little too late as KOT had – by then – already launched an online petition demanding Kimiko be deported from the country and her license to practice in the region revoked.
Citizen Digital can, however, not independently verify whether her reposting was as result of the backlash generated by the piece since she had not responded to our inquiries as at the time of publishing.
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