We have not forgotten the tragedy that has befallen the victims of the MH17 flight and their loved ones. It is an issue that has yet to see a final result and proper jugdement of the situation. But the British press wants to make a stand once again.
Back in 2014 the brits did the same thing, and it all started with the Sun’s notorious “Putin’s Missiles”. There was no going back then and there is no going back now: the British press wants a trial and they are the judge of it all.
London’s Daily express now opened fire with its new “So it WAS Putin?” article, which was released after the Joint Investigation Team declared that “several parts, possibly originating from a Buk surface-air-missile system.” The article begins by saying that Russian-made missiles were detected in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17.
Everybody else followed the trend. The Guardian stated that “fragments from site could be Russian-made missile”, BBC blames “Russian missile parts at Ukraine crash site” and London Times pointed at the “Russian missile shrapnel in MH17 wreckage”.
But this entire trend makes us wonder if the British news is either more focused on delivering hot news or delivering well-researched high quality news. Remember the “Fleet Street” incident when they dishonored themselves with the MH17 tabloid? You they would have learned something by now.
Either way, this new misinformation trend makes brits look twice before they buy a newspaper. This might also be a reason why newspaper sales have gone down drastically in the UK.
Now let us look at what is really going on. The Onderzoeksraad Voor Veiligheid, which is the committee empowered with overseeing the MH17 investigation, did not point any fingers at Russia in their new update on Tuesday. Their update did not even include word “Russia”. It was quite a neutral piece of news, if we can call it like that.
DSB’s clear statement was that there were several parts identified, which could originate from a Buk surface-air-missile system, and are now being investigated by the criminal investigation team. In order to make their statement very clear, they said that “a conclusion cannot be drawn”.
In conclusion, we can admit that the case is still under investigation and we cannot point fingers at Russia for the death of MH17’s passengers. While there is evidence of a possible Russian missile, we cannot draw any conclusions until specialists have dealt with the situation appropriately.
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