China media: Missing Malaysian jet
- 25 March 2014
- From the section China
There is an outpouring of anger and grief in the Chinese media over the fate of the missing Malaysian jet as some papers run sombre black front pages in tribute to the passengers.
Malaysia's PM Najib Razak on Monday announced that missing flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. There were 239 passengers on the flight, many of them Chinese.
Papers continue to be critical of the authorities in Malaysia while expressing solidarity with the families of the passengers.
Some media outlets are unconvinced about the "new analysis" adopted to arrive at the conclusion that the plane's journey "ended" in the ocean.
The Beijing News notes that Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak used the word "ended" instead of "crashed" in his statement.
A commentary in the paper describes the "conclusion" as "only a near truth" as the mystery is still "unsolved".
"Malaysia concludes that the plane has crashed based on the UK data analysis. But there is still a lack of proof, and by doing so, Malaysia is in fact putting its reputation at stake. As the Malaysian authorities have released misleading information previously, it is understandable that there are reservations about the conclusion," it says.
It adds that "even if it is confirmed that the plane has crashed, it does not mean we know the truth of the incident. Who is behind the incident? What are the motives? Who is responsible for it? We are still waiting for the mysteries to be solved".
Chen Jianguo, an aviation expert, describes the conclusion as "too sloppy" due to a lack of concrete evidence.
Some papers are also urging other countries to "supervise" the Malaysia-led search operation.
"We hope the Chinese government could work together with countries that have good information-gathering ability to help and supervise Malaysia in data collection for more transparency when dealing with the aftermath of the incident," the Lanzhou Evening News urges.
In a plea to the Malaysia government, the Chinese edition of the Global Times urges more transparency into the investigation.
"We hope that the Malaysia government will overcome 'national security' or other political concerns and not hide any information. Suspicions clouding this aviation accident will tarnish the reputation of Malaysia," it says.
Expressing similar sentiments, the Beijing Youth Daily further hopes that the rescue effort in the past weeks could become more structured to handle similar incidents in future.
Netizens and prominent artists have expressed their sadness on weibo, a Twitter-like service in China, and urged people to pray for the families of the passengers.
"There is no miracle, a tragedy has happened. I send my condolences. Rest in peace," writes actress Zhang Ziyi.
"It is sad, why wasn't the information of the route released earlier, causing everyone to search in the South China Sea... Our hearts are like the fragments of the plane slowly sinking into the ocean," says Chinese actor Liu Ye.
Yang Lan, a TV host, in a post filled with strong emotions, asks: "My heart is intertwined with grief and anger. What is Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysia military hiding?"
Some weibo users are also posting pictures of white candles to pay their respects.