Sky News reporter Colin Brazier has spoken of his "error of judgment" after he rifled through the luggage of a flight MH17 victim live on air.
Writing in the Guardian, Brazier said: "While presenting Sky's lunchtime coverage of the flight MH17 disaster, I stooped down to look at a piece of debris. It was a child's suitcase."
"I put my hand inside and lifted up a water bottle and a set of keys. As I did so my mental circuit-breaker finally engaged and I apologised instantly on-air for what I was doing."
The reporter, whose actions were berated on Twitter, said he had "started blubbing on air" which could not be heard on internet replays of his broadcast.
"Too late, I realised that I was crossing a line. I thought aloud: 'We shouldn't be doing this … this is a mistake', an instant apology that was only selectively quoted by those determined to see what I did as a powerful example of journalistic vulturism," Brazier added.
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