Associated Press accused of ‘biased’ reporting on Ethiopian Airlines crash

Associated Press accused of ‘biased’ reporting on Ethiopian Airlines crash

The Associated Press, a United States-based media house was on Sunday on the receiving end online for alleged biased reporting on the Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed 157 lives.

This was after A.P, in a Breaking News tweet posted after the crash, wrote: “BREAKING: Authorities say Canadians, Chinese, Americans, Italians, Indians, French, British, Egyptians among those killed in Ethiopian plane crash.”

It was not lost on many that Africans were largely left out of the alert and many felt the reporting was partially biased, inconsiderate and insensitive since Kenya had the highest number of casualties from the incident at 32.

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 10, 2019

The continent, at large, lost about 55 souls from the fatal crash yet Egypt was the only African country mentioned by The Associated Press.

Other African countries that had casualties from the accident include: Ethiopia (9), Morocco (2), as well as Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia, Togo, Uganda and Nigeria with one each.

Taking to Twitter, netizens rubbished the New York not-for-profit news agency further urging them to pull down or edit the post.

The media house was, however, yet to respond or react to the backlash as at the time of publishing.

— Chris Kirwa (@chriskirwa) March 10, 2019

— Ramapithecus (@RamzZy_) March 10, 2019

— Chris (@Ngaruthi) March 10, 2019

— Daniel N Wahome (@MistaWahome) March 10, 2019

— W. Gyude Moore (@gyude_moore) March 10, 2019

— Yinka Ogunnubi (@yinkanubi) March 10, 2019

— Otieno M. O. (@olotieno) March 10, 2019

— Onyeukwu Nnadozie (@Mandouze) March 10, 2019

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— Gitonga (@geetongaK) March 10, 2019

— Aden (@docabdalla) March 10, 2019

— Christiana Mbakwe-Medina (@Christiana1987) March 10, 2019

— Clinton D. Mutambo (@cmutambo) March 10, 2019

— chemarum Alkatra (@Earl_marum) March 10, 2019

— Ted (@afumar) March 10, 2019

— AF Price (@andrewfprice) March 10, 2019

— Moyosola 'layori Oso (@Spectmo) March 10, 2019

This is what racism in journalism looks like. This is what deeply entrenched devaluing of lives in the developing (overexploited) world looks like.

— Z (@badgaIzizi) March 10, 2019


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