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CNN told to apologise over blasts gaffe

Posted by Administrator on March 14, 2012

Kenya has demanded an apology from media network CNN over the recent gaffe that violence had erupted in the country.

This was after the grenade attack in Nairobi last Saturday  which CNN portrayed as an eruption of violence.

The attack left seven people dead and more than 60 others injured. Al-Shabaab are the chief suspects but they have denied responsibility.

Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Mr Elkanah Odembo, has written to CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, demanding a formal apology.

Scorching flag

He said it was unfortunate that CNN would use a banner with a burning Kenyan flag which was in no way was related to the events of the Saturday’ grenade explosion.

“Surely, CNN can do better than that,” he wrote.

Mr Odembo said he expected CNN to take full responsibility for misinforming its viewers at a time when Kenya was recovering a dented image after the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

He said the casual apology by Nairobi-based reporter was not enough. “The least we can expect is a written explanation accompanied by a formal apology,”  he said.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/CNN+told+to+apologise+over+blasts+gaffe+/-/1056/1366624/-/rfqyrrz/-/


2 Responses to “CNN told to apologise over blasts gaffe”

  1. Netia said

    Those who still watch CNN are suffering from a 90’s hangover induced by KTN and other stations that elevated CNN to oracle status. CNN is very much a lower level entity in global reporting these days especially in their home country where its on the media fringes. Contrast CNN which deploys one (as in moja) mzungu journalist to cover East Africa – David MacKenzie – against Al Jazeera,Reuters or CCTV etc that have full fledged bureaus manned by locals is when you will get to understand that CNN is a deadbeat station these days.

    • Its hard to believe but many of the CNN audience including the policy markers hold the view that East Africa is a town in Africa that can be effectively covered by one person reporting from Karen country Club!

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