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medienblog.nzz.ch - Switzerland | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prosecution opens hunt on co-pilot

Immediately after the preliminary results of the investigation into the crash of the Germanwings aircraft were announced, details about the co-pilot spread through the Internet. The media blog on the website of the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung criticises the speculation and premature condemnation of the alleged perpetrator: "The prosecution in Marseille on Thursday released the name of the co-pilot who apparently was sitting alone in the locked cockpit when the Germanwings airliner crashed. Within instants his name spread through the digital channels of the news agencies, and anger brewed in the social networks. A clearly falsified twitter account has exposed the man to public abuse. The hunt has begun. No one asks whether the facts have been confirmed beyond all doubt or whether the French prosecution always speaks God's truth. And for their part all those who normally look askance at announcements by state officials have fallen silent. Reason, however, dictates that we apply a certain prudence in classifying, assessing and repeating breaking news."

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