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PUBLISHED: Jul 18, 2014 2:53pm

Social media users told to respect MH17 deceased and families

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HAMZAH NAZARI By:
Hamzah Nazari

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tirmizi calls for all parties not to spread graphic images of those who perished on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to respect them and their families.

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 18:

Malaysia’s Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is urging all parties not to spread graphic images of those who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

“We want to remind people to respect the bodies of those who have lost their lives, and the next of kin in last night’s MH17 tragedy and request that the contents or the pictures of MH17 victims not be disseminated, shared, linked or displayed in social media sites on the internet.

“We are all saddened and extend our condolences to the family and friends of the victims,” said MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tirmizi in a statement posted on the commission’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the NST reported that the mother of Mohamad Ghafar Abu Bakar, the chief steward on board the ill-fated flight, has pleaded to all not to publish any pictures depicting the victims of the mishap.

Maimon Sarpan, 74, said the public should consider the sensitivity of all family members of the passengers and crew on board the flight before spreading any pictures of the wreckage, especially those containing the images of the victims.

“Please understand the feelings of the families of all those on board flight MH17.

“I would ask that the public do not spread the pictures because it adds to our grief.

“Help us go through this difficult time without further causing us any hardship.

 “As a mother, my feelings are already crushed when I received this tragic news, only God knows what I am going through as a mother,” she said when met at her house in Kampung Seri Tanjung, Masjid Tanah, here, this morning

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