The attack wasn’t over when the picture of the dead men slumped over the tables in the Nairobi restaurant where they had been having lunch was published.
The decision of a number of US and European outlets – including the UK’s MailOnline and Germany’s Bild – to use the photograph was instantly condemned on Kenyan social media. The New York Times came in for the most criticism. The newspaper, angry users said, was using the “misery and tragedy” of Tuesday’s terror attack on the Dusit hotel for clickbait.
What’s more, the speed with which the picture was published meant many were still unaware their loved ones had been caught up in the attack.
“Let me break down,” Jennifer Kaberi wrote in a tweet to the newspaper. “A friend of mine is at this hour (midnight) looking for her nephew who works in that building.
“Imagine she sees those photos.”
It is not the first time pictures of bodies from an atrocity have been published. But the Kenyan photograph’s publication raises questions over what should, and should not, be published – and whether outlets play by different rules when it comes to African victims.
Many outlets – including the BBC – have strict rules on what pictures they can and cannot publish.
“Images portraying dead or dying…