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ABC Australia apologises for bias against Russia in reporting MH17 crash

"7.30 has acknowledged your concern and agrees it was inaccurate for the program to state as fact that flight MH17 was shot down by “Pro-Russian militia” and “Russian backed rebels”. The program understands the cause of that incident remains unresolved and is the subject of ongoing investigation." (ABC Corporate Affairs). After David Macilwain, author and 7.30 Report viewer, complained, the ABC has made editorial changes to a report entitled, "Tony Abbott promises to ‘shirtfront’ Putin at G20 Summit." Mr MacIlwain's complaint appears under this ABC response. This is a positive response from the ABC since the kind of unfounded bellicose reporting that MacIlwain complained about is helping to move the world rapidly towards another world war. The ABC can help the world by reporting truthfully and respectfully. (Also published by AMRIS at

From: ABC Corporate_Affairs5
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 4:30 PM
To: (Mr David MacIlwain)
Subject: 7.30

Dear Mr Macilwain

Thank you for your email regarding the 7.30 story Tony Abbott promises to “shirtfront” Putin at G20 Summit.

Your concerns have been considered by Audience and Consumer Affairs, a unit which is separate to and independent of program making areas within the ABC. We have considered your concerns, reviewed the report and assessed it against the ABC’s editorial standards for accuracy.

7.30 has acknowledged your concern and agrees it was inaccurate for the program to state as fact that flight MH17 was shot down by “Pro-Russian militia” and “Russian backed rebels”. The program understands the cause of that incident remains unresolved and is the subject of ongoing investigation.

The program has amended the online transcript of the report and posted an editor’s note alerting its audience to the error. The error has also been acknowledged on the Corporation’s online corrections and clarifications page.

The ABC Code of Practice is available online at the attached link;

Should you be dissatisfied with this response to your complaint, you may be able to pursue the matter with the Australian Communications and Media Authority

Below is the original complaint as published on at

Complaint re ABC handling of Tony Abbott's insults and unsubstantiated allegations against Vladimir Putin

David Macilwain again complains to the ABC about their uncritical recycling of propaganda about the MH17 aircraft downing. He also expresses his disgust at the posturings of Tony Abbott with regard to the G20 and Vladimir Putin, based on this propaganda.

Dear 7.30 and ABC current affairs presenters,

I have sent the email below to ABC complaints, and copy it here for your information:

I am seriously disturbed by the handling of Tony Abbott's outrageous insults and allegations against Vladimir Putin today, by 7.30 reporter/presenters.

According to the transcript, Leigh Sales said:

...'since the shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian militia'....

Subsequently Sabra Lane repeated this in her own words:

...'after Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down by Russian-backed rebels over Ukraine'...

This allegation, presented as unchallenged fact by both presenters, is not merely only an allegation, but one which is entirely false. There is no evidence whatsoever to support the claim MH17 was brought down by a BUK missile, even one somehow fired mistakenly by separatists. At the same time there is ample evidence from multiple sources that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane, with or without Western collusion.

Compounding Abbott's mendacity, and sheer idiot bravado in seeking to confront Putin, is the fact that all government leaders and intelligence agencies involved in the Ukraine conflict are aware of the truth - it is simply not possible that they could not be.

If the ABC is capable of asking itself a question and not taking the answer from other Western media sources or 'Coalition' governments, it should ask why we have not seen the US satellite data from Eastern Ukraine, that Russia has been demanding since July? We know it exists, and it would demonstrate conclusively the nature of the projectile that brought down MH17. What possible motive could the US have for not releasing it?

It is to be hoped that before Putin graces Australia with his presence, someone with more sense than our punch-drunk PM will have a little word in Abbott’s ear; the truth about the atrocity in Ukraine WILL come out, and he will need to be thinking about all the lies that he has told about our actions in Ukraine before they catch up with him.

The ABC would be as well to do the same.

(To shed some light on what actually happened on July 17th, a most comprehensive investigation and report was produced by a group of Russian engineers recently, covering both the technical details of all possible munitions responsible, and the wider implications and political context. Their conclusion is one now accepted by most impartial observers, and merely awaits confirmation pending release of US satellite data and information from the Kiev control tower seized by Ukrainian secret service on July 17th.)

While the possible involvement of Western agencies in downing MH17 is an atrocity of unbelievable proportion, the clear ‘innocence’ of separatist forces in this crime is what concerns us here - our behaviour and sanctions policy towards Russia being based on a presumption of their guilt.

Please download the 28 page report from this site.

with regards, David Macilwain,

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This is biased and pre-assumed reporting at its worse! To "assume" that the MH17 was the result of pro Russian militants without a full report is poor and biased journalism at its worse.

Russia maintains a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down flight MH17 on 17 July.

But Ukraine and the West blame pro-Russian separatists armed with a Russian BUK surface-to-air missile.

A leaked document dated August 8 was obtained by Russian website Live Journal and translated into English by Global Research.

The document is a non-disclosure agreement signed by the four nations involved in the investigation. It says that the results and data obtained will only be published once all enquiries are completed. The agreement seemed standard if not for a stipulation that states publication of the results would only be done if Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium arrived at a consensus.

MH17 investigation Update conspiracy

Global Research concludes that the "intermediate results of the investigation directly prove the innocence of Russia and/or the Donetsk militia" since all data are kept and experts' opinion unreleased.

The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

Though the West has accused Eastern Ukrainian militia forces of shooting down the plane, it has provided only circumstantial evidence in support of such claims. Moscow has urged the US to release satellite images that prove its claims.

“This may be a coincidence, but the US satellite flew over Ukraine at exactly the same time when the Malaysian airliner crashed,” a Russian Defense ministry spokesman said in a July statement.

Dutch investigation MH17 crash

It is really sinister if Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium are conniving towards a consensus not to publish unless they (alone) agree on the cause of MH17's destruction. What about Russia and East Ukraine, which have been accused by these conspiring western nations, who are looking for excuses to make war on the East? What if investigations show that Ukraine (rather than East Ukraine) caused the accident, with other covert western assistance? And what about the right to know of Malaysia! What about the relatives of the victims - from all countries? What about international responsibility and justice? It is imperative that the whole investigation be conducted transparently and that all the results are released to the public. If ever there were an occasion for Wikileaks or other leaks it would be from this investigation. This 'agreement' sounds criminal and carries consequences that could bring us closer to war.

I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. Considering the actions of the western world, towards Putin, I have a lot of respect for the way he has tried to minimise this conflict. As for Tony Abbott's part in this deception, I'm embarrassed to call myself Australian. I'm still at a loss as to how one sided this argument has become, in light of a complete lack of evidence. One only has to look at the facts, to understand, all is not what it seems. It amazes me how many wade into this argument, using spoon fed westernised media presentation, as a platform for their viewpoint. Why is it when one questions reporting such as this, they are seen as cynical trouble makers? Are people that trusting of our governments or media, based on the recent history, to think they are beyond reproach. When all media succumbs to the wishes of our leaders, who then will provide the necessary oversight we need, in such matters. Because clearly they're not responsible enough to do it themselves. I mean seriously, where do we get off placing sanctions against a country, without proof.? This is not the democratic Australia I remember.

The sanctions are hurting Russia. Economic sanctions have in the past led to war. An oil embargo on Japan helped precipitate the attack on Pearl Harbour, which as we know, escalated the conflict in the Pacific and led to use of nuclear weapons.

Will Russia take this lying down? Have our leaders, so used to acting with such hubris, now incapable of understanding that are ramifications, sometimes severe to abuse of power? Do they think that Russians will accept their dictates and roll over like their own citizens do?

We may be stumbling on our way to WWIII.