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Rwandans demand apology from French media for 'photo misrepresentation'

Rwandans demand apology from French media for 'photo misrepresentation'

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<h3>Rwandan nationals have staged an online protest on Wednesday against French media France 24 for using a Rwandan peacekeeper’s picture for a story on sexual abuse allegations against French soldiers in the Central African Republic.</h3> <p>The protest was sparked by the fact that a picture of French soldiers was not used for the story which was originally written by French news agency Agence France-Presse (<span class="caps">AFP</span>) with the headline: <a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20170322-french-prosecutors-want-central-africa-child-rape-case-dropped" target="_blank">French prosecutors want Central Africa child-rape case dropped</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> please next time use your own soldiers on these posts. That's not our mission but to protect and keep peace <a href="https://t.co/KMACZyLuQZ">pic.twitter.com/KMACZyLuQZ</a></p>— Mukunzi Patrick (@MukunziPatrick1) <a href="https://twitter.com/MukunziPatrick1/status/844588705620922368">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23SomeoneTellFrance24&src=tyah" target="_blank">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> started trending about 8 hours after the story was published on the France 24 website and Twitter account.</p> <p>The protesters called on France 24 to change the image, delete the tweet and then apologise to Rwanda.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dear <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"><code>FRANCE24</a><br>1) Respect Rwandan peacekeepers<br>2) Apologize to Rwanda <br>3) Rectify CAR pix <br>4) Redress <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CARChildRapists?src=hash">#CARChildRapists</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/6qoavRHhy0">pic.twitter.com/6qoavRHhy0</a></p>&mdash; Caroline Kere (</code>carolinekere) <a href="https://twitter.com/carolinekere/status/844453663821193216">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The French media has however deleted the picture and tweet yet the accusations keep heightening because the picture was not replaced with that of French soldiers. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> why have <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"><code>FRANCE24</a> chosen Rwanda policeman to be the whipping boy? just removed the pic,& didn&#39;t use 1 of thr soldiers <a href="https://t.co/HMg6BZqzfV">pic.twitter.com/HMg6BZqzfV</a></p>&mdash; Isimbi Leila (</code>leilaisi) <a href="https://twitter.com/leilaisi/status/844596162921410561">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The hashtag keeps trending on both Facebook and Twitter demanding an apology while others accused the news media of bias. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">They should also be apologetic about their pessimistic actions! Enough with disrespecting Rwanda. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a></p>— <span class="caps">GASANGWA</span> Mucyo Mike (@MucyoMike1) <a href="https://twitter.com/MucyoMike1/status/844533258389991424">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>An online <a href="https://www.change.org/p/france-24-someone-tell-france-24-to-stop-using-rwanda-peace-keepers-images-on-french-troops-crime-articles?recruiter=501238913&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-custom_msg" target="_blank">petition</a> was launched Wednesday morning by Rwandan national Innocent Kaneza calling on France 24 to “officially apologize to Rwanda and the international community for such defamation”.</p> <p>As at Wednesday evening, over 50 people have supported the petition which is addressed to France 24, the French government and <span class="caps">AFP</span>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">we have a petition <a href="https://t.co/h5DsSTEcsA">https://t.co/h5DsSTEcsA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/NdomrNI44u">https://t.co/NdomrNI44u</a></p>— Kaneza Innocent (@ikaneza) <a href="https://twitter.com/ikaneza/status/844477192390238208">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The hashtag has been used before in 2013, 2015 and March 2016 by both Kenyans and Rwandans in protest against stroies published by the French media.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/someonetellFrance24?src=hash">#someonetellFrance24</a> bad news is good news but be more positive about our country Kenya.</p>— Carole Muthaura (@carolemuthaura) <a href="https://twitter.com/carolemuthaura/status/308573042915819520">March 4, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Online protests against media reportage are gaining popularity in Africa with the most recent incident in December last year when Ghanaians <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2016/12/11/ghanaians-condemn-country-s-misrepresentation-by-american-television/" target="_blank">condemned a report</a> by American television network Cable News Network (<span class="caps">CNN</span>) claiming Ghanaians were “struggling to obtain food and services”.</p> <p>The protest led to an update of the article including an Editor’s Note acknowledging the mistakes.</p> <p><strong><em>Below are some social media reactions to France 24’s article in question.</em></strong></p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsonga.james%2Fposts%2F1140356282756608&width=500" width="500" height="161" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgahire.jean%2Fposts%2F1355447297868464&width=500" width="500" height="180" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This should be the right <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Picture?src=hash">#Picture</a> instead of using <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rwanda?src=hash">#Rwanda</a> 's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeaceKeepers?src=hash">#PeaceKeepers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OperationSangaris?src=hash">#OperationSangaris</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeOneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeOneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"><code>FRANCE24</a> , <a href="https://t.co/iXVAbmaaAh">pic.twitter.com/iXVAbmaaAh</a></p>&mdash; AKAYITANA (</code>AKayitana) <a href="https://twitter.com/AKayitana/status/844437605836083201">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"><code>FRANCE24</a> has used Rwandan peacekeeper photos 3+ times on story of French soldiers child rape in CAR. It&#39;s deliberate. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/RHQaqSdQ5P">https://t.co/RHQaqSdQ5P</a></p>&mdash; Yolande Makolo (</code>YolandeMakolo) <a href="https://twitter.com/YolandeMakolo/status/844441165105680385">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Use the pictures of French soldiers not innocent Rwandan peacekeeper. April genocide memorial is around the corner. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a></p>— kamogody (@kamogody) <a href="https://twitter.com/kamogody/status/844444132747759618">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">trying to tarnish Rwandan flag encourages Rwandans to work hard and prove you wrong! whatever u do Rwanda keeps moving <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a></p>— gahigi (@gahigip) <a href="https://twitter.com/gahigip/status/844445503190433792">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> that libel and slander have never been sure ways to distort facts. Peacekeeping isn't surely French troops' knowledge</p>— kanangire Christian (@kanangire) <a href="https://twitter.com/kanangire/status/844449144399900673">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rwandan troops are known as the most professional &disciplined force in the entire UN peacekeeping mechanism worldwide. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a></p>— gahigi (@gahigip) <a href="https://twitter.com/gahigip/status/844459344536260608">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> that they have to apologize to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rwanda?src=hash">#Rwanda</a> peacekeepers for their repeated mistakes. enough is enough <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"><code>FRANCE24</a></p>&mdash; Dr. PETER Mahirwe (</code>pmahirwe) <a href="https://twitter.com/pmahirwe/status/844462331321028608">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> Rwanda is the 5th largest army contributing to UN peace operations highly professional and disciplined.!stop ignorance</p>— Ndamira Didace (@Ndamira05) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ndamira05/status/844476118082179077">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> that when their President <a href="https://twitter.com/fhollande"><code>fhollande</a> was in Central Africa, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rwanda?src=hash">#Rwanda</a> Peacekeepers were in charge of his security. <a href="https://t.co/ubILuGDlbK">pic.twitter.com/ubILuGDlbK</a></p>&mdash; Dr. PETER Mahirwe (</code>pmahirwe) <a href="https://twitter.com/pmahirwe/status/844498476104925185">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Creepy, they removed the <a href="https://twitter.com/Rwandapolice"><code>Rwandapolice</a> officer&#39;s photo but they don&#39;t have the balls to post one of a French soldier <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a> <a href="https://t.co/fD1rN6FOBJ">pic.twitter.com/fD1rN6FOBJ</a></p>&mdash; Edwin Musoni (</code>EdwinMusoni) <a href="https://twitter.com/EdwinMusoni/status/844516861869985792">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/Muzungu4"><code>Muzungu4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24"></code>FRANCE24</a> Power of social media , they must just apologize to Rwandans, like head of Catholic Church <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SomeoneTellFrance24?src=hash">#SomeoneTellFrance24</a></p>— Caroline Kere (@carolinekere) <a href="https://twitter.com/carolinekere/status/844537497875107840">March 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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