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By JK and Wangui K

This open letter to the NYT by Wangui Kaniaru re the terror attack in kenya today expresses a lot of things i feel about the US mainstream media (or western media in general) re how they report news coming out of africa. i wanted to suggest that Wangui pitch an op-ed to the nyt or some other paper, but it’s also exhausting trying to convince an editor that you matter.

To the New York Times:

I am writing with regard to the above article (link), in which the New York Times elected to publish photographs of bullet-ridden victims of the attack at the Dusit Hotel in Nairobi.

I have been a regular reader of the New York Times for a number of years, and have read numerous articles detailing terror attacks all over the world. I do not recall seeing such gratuitously graphic photos of victims of such attacks in the US, Europe, or even Asia. Photos of crying survivors, or of injured survivors, I have seen. Shattered glass, burning buildings, blood on the side walk, police first responders–all these have made their way into the story to support the narrative of a terror attack. Bullet ridden close ups of victims, not so much. Not ever.

If an actual audit was done of New York Times’ coverage of terror attacks and publication of victim photographs, would it really support the papers’ purported “objective” reporting standard of showing “bodies but not faces” whenever such bodies are available to fill the white space on the page? Such an audit cannot be done by an outsider who does not have the benefit of knowing what photos may have been omitted from the final selection of what was published in such instances. However I find it hard to believe that there were no photos of carnage that involved victims in such situations. The idea that seeing various corpses slumped over tables at a Nairobi restaurant somehow conveys “meaning” in a way that the text and other photos do not is disingenuous and appalling. I am not aware of the need to underscore meaning in such a fashion during numerous attacks in Paris where casualties of knife attacks or IEDs or runaway trucks arose in cafes and on sidewalks on the Champs Elysee. It seems more likely the New York Times’ policy, which is being quoted so assiduously in defending the editorial choices made when covering this tragic incident in Nairobi, somehow cut the other way in such instances and it was sufficient to use the other photos (referenced above) to give context to the tragedy. What an amazing and convenient thing objectivity is in such instances! But not in this one.

I am heartbroken that a newspaper which I have read and loved for several years has demonstrated such a brutal and insupportable approach to the humanity of the victims of this attack. I cannot see where the moral high ground lies in claiming an “objectivity” that is so dehumanizing at the expense of your readers and countless other real people who are being affected by this incident and your choices in covering it with such imagery accompanying it.

While this email is really a reflection of my own dismay (and will probably make no difference at all in your views or actions, now or in future with regard to such coverage), I cannot help feeling that I could not live with myself if I somehow managed to look away and come back to your site tomorrow to click through my favorite columns as though what the New York Times has done today has not made me feel diminished. I need to acknowledge how small, how disempowered, how irrelevant this situation has made me feel, and share that with you so you know it too. In my country, for my people, the story that will be told will be one where true feeling can only be mustered by terrorizing us again with images of unspeakable death while justifying it as somehow objective and therefore worth doing.





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Panic in Kenyatta University over loud bang in library (Video)

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Kenyatta University students scampered for safety when they were startled by a loud bang in the library.

Some students looked for any exit out of the library. Some even contemplated jumping from the first floor.

They took to twitter to post videos of the panic.

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One student posted a screenshot of a student group explaining what happened.

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So what if Diamond has stopped paying child support? – Nairobi News

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Tanzanian model and video vixen Hamisa Mobetto has reacted to claims that her baby daddy bongo flava star Diamond Platnumz has stopped paying child support for their son Dylan.

Rumours have been rife in the Tanzania showbiz scene that Diamond has stopped supporting Dylan altogether following the deterioration of his relationship with Hamisa.

It has been reported that the one-time lovebirds are currently not seeing eye to eye.

The two broke up last August when Diamond claimed that Hamisa had been using witchcraft to lure him into marriage.

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But even then Diamond continued to provide for his son until recently when he completely cut the support, this according to media reports.

The situation is said to have left Hamisa, a mother of two, devastated since she doesn’t get along with the rest of Diamond’s family, especially the singer’s mother, Sandra.

When reached for comment by Global Publishers, a rather irritated Hamisa blasted the publication saying it is none of anyone’s business to know if Diamond has stopped supporting his child or not.

CHILD NEGLIGENCE

“Nyie nanyi mnachosha, sasa kama ameacha kutoa huduma kwa Dylan inawahusu nini? Niacheni bwana, maisha yangu na familia haiwahusu. Mnauliza ili iweje (So what if he has stopped paying child support? Just mind your own business and stop meddling in my family issues),” Hamisa said.

Diamond sired the boy with Hamisa, when he cheated on her ex-partner, South African-based Uganda socialite Zari Hassan with whom they have two children.

In February 2017, Hamisa, who also has another daughter from a previous relationship, had her child support case against Diamond thrown out by the court.

Hamisa had sued the singer for child negligence and was demanding a monthly upkeep of Sh230,000. The case was however thrown out of court on a technicality.

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‘He complained of a stomachache!’ Last moments of ex-street boy Patrick Hinga

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Condolences for the sudden demise of Patrick Hinga have been streaming in. The former street urchin’s story of transformation captured the hearts of many Kenyans hearts.

Kenyans found out the news of his passing on Sunday when Wanja Mwaura, his former schoolmate made the announcement.

Wanja announced his death but did not give details of his death. However, she has now opened up and revealed the cause of his sudden death.

“I know all of you my dear friends are concerned and have many questions about the death of our friend Hinga. According to the mother, Hinga was doing fine and he did his best to remain the man we all helped him to be,” Wanja wrote on her Facebook.

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She went ahead to detail the last moments of his life.

“On Thursday the [March] 14th, Hinga left home and went to visit his friends in Kayole, upon reaching there he called his mom and complained of a stomachache though not serious, he spent the night there and said he will be okay.

“On Saturday late night the problem persisted and that’s when he decided to go to the hospital but by the time the mother got to him early morning yesterday, he had already passed on. I feel confused and lost and I don’t know what to say or think or even where to start.”

Wanja continued, “We are still trying to come to terms with it and make funeral arrangements. I will update you when, where and how he will be buried. Thank you for your continued support. I need you more than ever before for this one last time.”

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