Media Council writes to New York Times, demands action on published terror images

Journalist camping outside during a terror attack at Dusit D2 hotel in Nairobi on 15th January 2019. [Edward Kiplimo,Standard].

Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has written to the New York Times Bureau Chief in Nairobi demanding an apology on the publication’s usage of images of those who died at Dusit attack.

“MCK demands that your publication pulls down the insensitive pictures within 24 hours and makes an unconditional apology on the matter. We believe this will be a step in regaining confidence in regard to the professionalism of your articles,” David Omwoyo, MCK’s Chief Executive Officer said in the letter.

He said though MCK reaffirms its commitment to press freedom, access to information and rule of law, all journalists working in Kenya must respect the rules on responsible journalism.

“Take note, in the event the pictures are not pulled down, within 24 hours as requested, MCK will initiate relevant action against your publication, not limited to revocation or suspension of accreditation of journalists working for New York Times in Kenya. You are hereby required to inform the council of your action within 48 hours and not later than January 21, 2019,” Omwoyo said.