Kenyan newspaper flipped bloody photo on front page

Charles Apple | Nairobi Wire

The CEO of Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya, apologized Sunday for a front page that showed a victim of this weekend’s terror attack covered in blood, appearing to scream. The company also suspended its editorial director.

But that photo was flipped “to make it work better with the layout,” Charles Apple notes.

“Journalists need to stop altering reality,” Justin Best, who spotted the manipulation after seeing Reuters transmit the original, told Apple in an email.

Here’s the front page (after the jump):

South Africa’s Star newspaper used the photo, in its original orientation, on its front Monday.

Image via Kiosko

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  • Greg Thrasher

    How come Andrew is not critical of the NYT photos? More importantly where is Andrew’s disgust for the entire gendre of photo carnage journalism???

  • bigyaz

    60+ dead, 150+ wounded. But at least we’re focusing on the really important stuff here.

  • Paul Walsh

    Seriously? I think we can respect our readers’/viewers’ intelligence enough to assume they understand that editing is not an easy task and in this case nothing has been changed to distort the meaning. I’m 100% behind clarity and honesty in journalism but this sounds like hysteria to me.