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News Agency apologises for cropping out Ugandan climate activist

By Joseph Tumwesigye

Saturday January 25, 2020
Uganda activist slams international news agency over photo crop


The Associated Press (AP) news agency has released a statement apologising for cropping out Ugandan climate activist, Vanessa Nakate from a picture where she was the only person of colour.

“We regret publishing a photo [this morning] that cropped out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, the only person of color in the photo,” the statement released by the AP’s director of Media Relations reads.

The apology from the AP goes on to assure the agency’s readers that it’s journalists have been spoken to and that there will be change.

“...we will learn from this error in judgment,” the statement reads.

However, the apology has been shared on the AP’s Corporate communication twitter handle of 19,000 followers and not their main news handle of nearly 14 Million followers where the article that omitted Nakate from a picture, was shared.

“I can’t see this RT on your main channel @AP I’m sure @vanessa_vash would appreciate that, as well as your many other followers,” one reply from a Helen Clay reads in response to the apology tweet.

The tweet also does not tag Vanessa Nakate who also has not yet spoken about the apology.

On Friday evening (E.A.T), the AP published an article online about well-known climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s reaction to the US Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin’s mockery of her idea for companies and governments to drastically cut back on the use of fossil fuels.

The article ran with a picture originally consisting of 5 girls including Nakate. However, Nakate, who was at the extreme left of the picture, was cut out leaving the other 4 Caucasian girls; Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille of Switzerland, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Isabelle Axelsson of Sweden.

Online outrage followed after Nakate retweeted the article with a comment on how she was cut out.

“I was cropped out of this photo. Why?” Nakate’s tweet reads.

She further had a live session on Twitter where she said, in tears, that this was the worst thing to ever happen to her.

“I now know what racism is,” Nakate tweeted on her handle.

The incident has also brought to light Nakate’s exclusion on other media platforms.

“Hello @Wikimedia @Wikipedia ,
Why you don’t yet create Wikipedia page for @vanessa_vash? How many Africans climate activists are in Wikipedia,” an 8-year-old climate activist Licypriya Kangujam tweeted.

Vanessa Nakate has been a climate change activist since 2018. She, on twitter, said that she was inspired by Greta Thunberg and started her activism on the streets of Kampala. She    is currently in Davos Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she has been speaking against negative climate change.

The discussion on climate change at the WEF was a major one with the United States disagreeing with Europe over how to handle the crisis. Officials from the US are being accused of downplaying the situation.