Paris Attacks: Disparity in media coverage between France and Kenya atrocities

Bataclan in Paris and Garissa University
Similar attacks at the Bataclan in Paris and Garissa University but differing media coverage

Following the Paris terrorist attacks by supporters of Islamic State (IS) on Friday night (13 November), Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the attacks by al Qaeda-linked groups serve as an example of how nations worldwide should respond to groups like IS and al-Shabaab.

Terrorist attacks in Kenya have left at least 500 people dead over the last three years, with the latest mass atrocity being back in April, when 147 people were killed and 79 injured at Garissa University College.

The body count in that attack is similar to the Paris terrorist death toll, but some social media users have pointed out a major disparity in media coverage, many claiming this is because Kenya is viewed as a third world country in the eyes of the Western press.

Facebook has also come in for criticism, as unlike following Friday’s attacks, it did not offer Kenya’s flag as a temporary filter for profile images.

The same criticisms of Facebook have also been applied to the recent Beirut bombing attack in Lebanon, which killed 43 people and wounded well over 200 victims. Again there was no option to filter profile pictures with Lebanon’s flag leading some declare that a double standard has been applied when responding to attacks on Western soil and elsewhere.

Do you think that social media networks and the Western press treat attacks outside the West differently to those at home? Let us know in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section below (you can log on to post a comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account).

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