: Guardian: Sunday Express wrong to say film claims MH17 was downed by Ukraine - BBC

12:18 Apr. 26, 2016

Guardian: Sunday Express wrong to say film claims MH17 was downed by Ukraine - BBC

Almaz-Antei director Yan Novikov, seated center, attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Images)

Corporation accuses paper of ‘misrepresenting' forthcoming documentary

The BBC has criticised the Sunday Express for its claiming a forthcoming BBC2 documentary will say that Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian jet.

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The Sunday Express ran an article headlined "Shock claim: Ukrainian fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines' MH17" suggesting that the BBC film contradicted official reports into the crash, which concluded that the flight was most likely brought down by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian forces.

The Express article focused on witnesses in the documentary saying they saw fighter jets fire on the airliner, which crashed killing all 298 on board in 2014. It also details further allegations that the plane was brought down by bombs planted as part of a CIA-backed conspiracy.

These claims were also picked up by the Kremlin and Russian state-backed media which said the documentary would expose the "truth" about what happened to MH17.

Read also Bellingcat: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes 'their' evidence of MH17 fakery

The topic is especially sensitive given the Russian government's refusal to accept the findings of the official Dutch-led inquiry into the downing of the plane. 

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