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Ugandan Climate Activist, Vanessa Nakate Calls Out US Media Outlet For Cropping Her out of a Group Photo



Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist, has called out a US media outlet for cropping her out of a photograph taken alongside fellow climate activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson in Davos.

Vanessa revealed, in an emotional video via Twitter, that various media outlets, especially AP News agency, cropped her out of the photo and for the first time in her life she “understood the definition of the word racism”.

According to BBC News, David Ake, AP’s Director of Photography, made a statement on the issue, pointing out that there was “no ill intent.”

He wrote:

The photographer was trying to get a picture out fast under tight deadline and cropped it purely on composition grounds because he thought the building in the background was distracting.

When we went back to add more pictures to the report, which we almost always do when we are working under very tight deadlines, we added additional pictures with different crops.

AP has since removed the cropped photo.

See the photo for yourself:

Photo Credit: Vanessa_vash


  1. Bridget

    January 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    I am very proud of her standing up. When such things happen I always ask myself – What are they afraid of? It is only an insecure person that will belittle or side line another person.

  2. by_stander

    January 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Meanwhile Rent-seekers in Nigeria are cropping out the destiny of entire generations of people with rent-seeking laws and regulations so that rent-seeking Lawyers and Accountants can enjoy monopoly access to unregulated 3rd party fees.

    Na who we go ask to help us?


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