Sky News released an official statement apologizing for reporter Colin Brazier’s insensitivity after he began rummaging through the luggage of a passenger killed aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
“It’s ghoulish. It’s heart-wrenching. It’s difficult,” Brazier said. “We’re not showing you pictures of the body parts and horribly charred remains which litter the fields and roadsides here.”
The camera scans across luggage lying in the field, then catches Brazier digging through an open suitcase containing a girl’s backpack, keys and other personal items.
“We shouldn’t really be doing this, I suppose,” Brazier said.
Brazier stepped away from the suitcase and then began discussing the arrival of OSCE investigators. However, the transition didn’t distract viewers from confronting Brazier’s upsetting breach of privacy.
Shelagh Fogarty, a BBC radio reporter, insisted that Brazier’s actions were appalling and that the items he touched were sacred to living relatives.
Commenters have suggested that Sky News give their reporters a course in common sense, while others have considered rethinking their subscription to the British news channel.
Sky News has since apologized for Brazier’s actions and any offense caused by them.