The New York Times has refused to pull down sensitive photos used on its DusitD2 terrorist attack story even after Kenya’s Media Council wrote to them.
In a response letter to David Omwoyo, the chief executive to the board , Phil Corbett, Associate Managing Editor for Standards, The New York Times, says it is important to give readers around the world a clear picture of the horror of an attack like this. This often includes showing pictures that are not sensationalized but that give a real sense of the terrible situation.
Corbett further says that In recent years, Times editors have made hard choices — and published similar painful photos — in situations ranging from a shooting in New York City to terror attacks in London and Manchester; to victims of the drug wars in the Philippines; to war and famine in Syria and Yemen; and many others.
The managing editor has however assured the council that NYT shall adhere to the journalistic code of conduct by helping readers see and understand the world.
For the past two days, The New York Times has been at the center of controversy following its decision to publish photos of dead bodies of the attack .
Kenyans on twitter (KOT) have been advocating for the suspension of New York Times twitter account. But as things are for now, the paper seems not shaken by the threats after claims of one of its twitter account being suspended for violation of rules emerged.
“To clarify one other point: Twitter did not suspend an account associated with The New York Times; it suspended an account that violates their impersonation policy nearly three years ago.
The council had given NYT 24-hours to pull down the offensive photos and make an unconditional apology.