Malaysian authorities slam Charlie Hebdo’s irreverent MH370 cartoon

French satirical weekly publication Charlie Hebdo has come under fire once again, this time, for a distasteful ad mocking the victims of missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370.

The cartoon appeared on the front cover of the newspaper published on 1 August, just days after the announcement of the plane’s wreckage found on Réunion, a French island on the Indian ocean. The cartoon depicts an image of a pilot’s dismembered limbs cupping a pair of an air stewardess’ breasts with the caption, in French, that reads: “We’ve found a bit of the pilot and the air hostess”.

Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) was quick to condemn the insensitive cartoon, with MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen questioning the “conscience and ethics” of the publication. Chai also released a statement on his Facebook page calling for French authorities and media organisations worldwide to censure Charlie Hebdo for humiliating MH370 crew and passengers. He added that, “For a magazine that has experienced bloodshed in its very own office, where 12 of its own staff were gunned down in cold blood, we would expect its editors to empathise and comprehend the loss experienced by the relatives and friends of the 239 passengers and MAS crew.” The full statement here:

Press statement by MCA Publicity Bureau Chairman Senator Dato’ Chai Kim Sen (8 August 2015)French authorities & media…

Posted by Dato’ Chai Kim Sen 蔡金星 on Friday, August 7, 2015

The Charlie Hebdo office based in Paris was attacked on 7 January 2015 by two ISIS gunmen, reportedly over the publication’s depiction of Prophet Muhammad. The shooting claimed the lives of 12 people.

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