Sky News apologises for Colin Brazier going through belongings of MH17 victims

Sky News has apologised, along with reporter Colin Brazier, after he looked through luggage of those who died on the Malaysian Airline flight MH17, live on air.

Stating "We shouldn't really be doing this, I suppose,” as he rummaged through the luggage, Brazier picked up items including a toothbrush and a flask belonging to a deceased passenger.

In an apology, Sky News said: "Today whilst presenting from the site of the MH17 air crash Colin Brazier reflected on the human tragedy of the event and showed audiences the content of one of the victims' bags. Colin immediately recognised that this was inappropriate and said so on air. Both Colin and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused." This comes after complaints about the handling of the incident, including suggestions that better ethics are needed in journalism. BBC radio presenter Shelagh Fogarty said on Twitter: "Those items are essentially sacred things now for the relatives. Just appalling."

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