August 21, 2017

CNN apologizes to Kenya over “hotbed of terror” slur

CNN apologizes to Kenya over “hotbed of terror” slur

U.S. news network, CCN, expressed deep regret on Thursday after portraying Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Nairobi in July.

CNN’s Global Managing Director, Tony Maddox, flew to Nairobi to personally deliver the apology to President Uhuru Kenyatta, admitting that the description of Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” was both ill fitting and undeserved.

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“It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to portray Kenya negatively; it is regrettable and we shouldn’t have done it,” Maddox said according to a statement issued in Nairobi after the meeting.

“There is a world at a war with extremists; we know what a hotbed of terror looks like, and Kenya isn’t one,” the CNN chief added.

“We acknowledge there is a widespread feeling that the report annoyed many, which is why we pulled down the report as soon as we noticed,” said Maddox who oversees CNN’s global editorial policy, and manages CNN news content globally, in his apology. Read more

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