News World ‘Offensive’ MH17 report attracts 205 complaints

‘Offensive’ MH17 report attracts 205 complaints

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Sky News will be investigated after more than 200 complaints about one of its reporters rifling through the suitcase of an MH17 victim.

Footage broadcast by the channel showed reporter Colin Brazier going through a victim’s personal belongings in an open suitcase amongst the MH17 wreckage.

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According to a BBC report, media regulator Ofcom said that there was “grounds to investigate under our rule on potentially offensive material”.

A statement from Sky News following the broadcast said that the channel and Mr Brazier were sorry for any offence caused.

“While presenting from the site of the MH17 air crash Colin Brazier reflected on the tragedy of the event and showed audiences the contents of one of the victim’s bags,” read the statement.

“Colin immediately recognised that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused”.

Reporters were criticised for their coverage from the crash site, which saw journalists walking amongst the wreckage and handling personal items on the ground.

Ofcom said it had received 205 complaints about the broadcast.