- Vanessa Nakate said her photo and messages after a press conference on climate issues were left out of the final stories by a section of Western media
- The AP which was one of the outlets accused has since removed the cropped photo and said it had no "ill motives"
- The 23-year-old's post sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some supporting her while others said it was not a "big deal"
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A Ugandan climate activist has accused the media in Western countries of racism when she noticed she was removed from a photo.
Vanessa Nakate said she was cropped out of a photo taken with her white peers in Davos, Switzerland.
In an emotional video statement on her Twitter page, Vanessa said her photo and messages after a press conference on climate issues were left out of the final stories.
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Nakate had held the conference on Friday, January 24, alongside fellow climate activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson.
"We don't deserve this. Africa is the least emitter of carbons, but we are the most affected by the climate crisis...You erasing our voices won't change anything. You erasing our stories won't change anything," she said.
"I don't feel ok right now. The world is so cruel," she added.
The AP which has since removed the cropped photo, however, said it had no ill motives.
"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.
Her video had been watched 258,000 times and shared by thousands of others by the time of going to press.
Her post sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some supporting her while others said it was not a "big deal".
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