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Chuchu: ''We are not the audience. We are the story''.

Opdateret: 6. feb. 2020

Two important tweet threads (see below) which take point of departure in the New York Times coverage of the Riverside terror attack on 15 January 2019.

First, incoming East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, shared graphic images from the terror attack, and was met with an instant counter reaction from #KOT (Kenyans on Twitter), asking her and NYT to moderate its use of images. (More about the case here by Quartz).

Then The New York Times explained its stand here:

It goes without saying that that explanation didn't sit well with #KOT, and here I'd like to emphahise the tweets of Jim Chuchu. Besides offering vital points on the balance of who controls the narrative of Africa, issues of representation, minorities versus majorities etc., he also points to the consequences of accepting old, established institutions such as the NYT:

And Rachel Strohm, who provides a larger context for the consequences of this type of narrative and approach as the NYT presents in the Riverside case:

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