Readers call media out on 'sensationalist' reports of MH370 found in Mozambique
Johannesburg - Readers of The Independent and several other international news outlets have expressed their frustration with the reporting around flight MH370 possibly being found in Mozambique.
On Wednesday, news that a piece of an aircraft which washed ashore in the African country went viral.
On the 8th of March 2014, flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, destined for Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The flight with 12 crew members and 227 passengers on board disappeared from radar screens under an hour after taking off.
For nearly two years, the media reported on bits of the plane being found in the Maldives, Réunion Island in the Western Indian Ocean and now, on a sandbank in the Mozambique Channel, between Mozambique in eastern Africa and Madagascar.
In all three instances, authorities have cautioned about jumping to conclusion and using suggestive language that could raise the hopes of the families of the victims.
In the March 2nd headline from The Independent's Facebook account: "Missing MH370 'found off the coast of Mozambique' angered readers who called the article sensationalist.
Another reader suggested that the case would not be closed until MH370's fuselage had been found.
"Incorrect. Pieces were found. Until the fuselage is found, the flight remains lost," wrote Tarek Ali.
By Wednesday evening, news of MH370 had become a trending topic, despite no formal confirmation of whether the piece found did actually come from the missing plane.