Dutch 1V EenVandaag reporter Caroline Van Den Heuvel was seen reading through a MH17 victim’s diary on air.
Disgusting. Dutch journalist going through and reading from diary of MH17 victim pic.twitter.com/uYLKIyP1XH
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) July 21, 2014
According to Dutch website nu, van den Heuvel browsed through a diary of one of the victims, and even read out some bits of the book.
A photo of the incident circulated on Twitter, and it drew the ire of several people, who called the act “disrespectful,” and “disgusting.”
1V EenVandaag has since issued an apology, and explained that the event was not “expected,” and that Caroline acted in the “heat of the moment” and never intended to “hurt anyone.”
Caroline’s intention in picking up and reading the book was so as to better describe the “chaos as accurately as possibly,” but she went too far.
This is not the first time a journalist at the Ukraine crash site went through a victim’s belongings.
Colin Brazier, a Sky News presenter, also went through a victim’s luggage on air. He quickly realized the inappropriate nature of his act though, and quickly dropped the bag, saying “we really shouldn’t be doing this.”
Sky News subsequently released a statement apologizing “profusely for any offense caused.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over Ukraine.
All 298 passengers and crew on board perished in the incident.
The perpetrators of the attack have yet to be confirmed, although the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic militia and Russia are prime suspects.