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Media racism: Ugandan climate activist cropped out of photo with white peers

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The Associated Press (AP), a US news agency, has been accused of racism for cropping out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate while keeping her white peers, such as Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer, and Isabelle Axelsson, on the picture published after a news conference held in Davos on Friday.

23-year-old Nakate who had begun a solitary strike against inaction on the climate crisis in January 2019 took to Twitter to explain what it felt like to experience such an overt manifestation of racism.

After hundreds of people all around the world shamed the AP, they ended up replacing the cropped photo with its original and apologised to Nakate.

“We regret publishing a photo this morning that cropped out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, the only person of colour in the photo,” Sally Buzbee, the agency’s executive editor, declared. “We have spoken internally with our journalists and we will learn from this error in judgement.”

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