Sky News Reporter Apologises For Picking Up MH17 Crash Victims’ Luggage: “I Had Lost It.”

Colin Brazier writes a heartfelt apology in the Guardian for his “error of judgement”.

1. Two days ago Sky News apologised after reporter Colin Brazier did this at the MH17 crash site.

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2. Today Brazier has written an apology in the Guardian.

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3. In a moving piece, he describes seeing a pink drinking flask that looked like one owned by his daughter:

I bent down and, what my Twitter critics cannot hear – because of the sound quality of internet replays of the broadcast – is that I had lost it. It is a cardinal sin of broadcasting, in my book anyway, to start blubbing on-air. I fought for some self-control, not thinking all that clearly as I did so.

Too late, I realised that I was crossing a line. I thought aloud: ‘We shouldn’t be doing this… This is a mistake,’ an instant apology that was only selectively quoted by those determined to see what I did as a powerful example of journalistic vulturism.

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4. The apology has been well received on social media.

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Very human from Colin Brazier, worth a read to remember what journalists who cover things like #MH17 go through

— MelissaCole (@MelissaCole)
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Colin Brazier's apology for misjudgement at MH17 crash site a touching reminder of pressure on reporters on the scene

— Archie Bland (@archiebland)
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Alan White is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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