The Guardian has retreated from an article published on October 13 alleging a “bungled autopsy” and attempts to “remove foreign objects” from the body of the first officer of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that crashed on July 17, 2014.
The article was authored by Luke Harding, Shaun Walker and Julian Borger and was titled ‘MH17 report suggests efforts were made to cover up causes of disaster‘. It said that its claims came directly from report of the Dutch Safety Board itself into the crash. The implication was that this had been done in order to conceal the cause of the crash, with a further implication being, of course, that Russia and the rebels had been involved.
Following complaints by readers, the Guardian issued a retraction. But it left the online headline of the article intact: ‘MH17 report suggests efforts were made to cover up causes of disaster’.
Here is one complaint by a well informed Guardian reader. In total, 5,341 comments were posted to the article before comments closed.
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