Climate activist hits out at 'racist' photo crop - Vanessa Nakate



Vanessa Nakate attends a press conference in Madrid in December 2019.
Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate has accused the media of racism after she was cropped out of a photograph taken with her white peers in Davos.
In an emotional video statement, Ms. Nakate said that for the first time in her life she "understood the definition of the word racism".
Ms. Nakate said "various" outlets, including the US' AP news agency, had removed her from photos.
AP, which has since removed the cropped photo, said there was "no ill intent".
"The photographer was trying to get a picture out fast under a tight deadline and cropped it purely on composition grounds because he thought the building in the background was distracting," the news agency's director of photography, David Ake, said.
"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."

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Ms. Nakate gave a news conference in Davos on Friday alongside fellow climate activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer, and Isabelle Axelsson.
She later shared an article by AP in which she was cropped out of a picture of the activists.

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