Certainly it was a serious error of judgment. I acknowledged that and so did Sky. My bosses issued an apology by tea-time. They were supportive and keen to stress that they understood the context of the gaffe.

And that context is a complete lack of boundaries, as Brazier notes: “There are no police to unspool tape and cordon-off sensitive areas. There are roadblocks manned by sullen-looking teenagers cradling AK-47s, but no meaningful law and order. It is a warzone and the men in charge carry guns and grudges. So I, and many others, were allowed to walk around the crash site at will.”

It’s often those very authorities that journalists are fighting at disaster scenes. Perhaps we need them, too.

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