‘Blown out of the sky’: Front pages from countries with passengers on board MH17

Most days when I pull together newspaper front pages from Newseum, it’s to see how people celebrated, like with the World Cup, or how they’re impacted with the weather, like the Polar Vortex, or how they choose to design and lay out their newspapers, like with many from outside the U.S.

Today, we see how they share horrific news.

Newseum has collections of front pages from other tragedies, including 9/11 and anniversaries since, the Navy Yard shooting, Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombings.

Here are newspapers from the countries that had passengers on board MH17.

One hundred and fifty four people from the Netherlands were on board the flight. (The newspaper has a different number than the airlines, but the nationality of 41 people was unverified as of Friday morning.) Here’s the front from Het Parool. The newspaper sent it to Poynter’s Ben Mullin.

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Malaysia had 43 passengers on board, the airline reported, including 15 crew. This front is from The Sun, in Kuala Lumpur.


Australia had 27 passengers on board. This is the homepage of the Daily Telegraph.

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Indonesia had 12 passengers. Here’s the front from WASPADA, in Medan, Indonesia.


The United Kingdom had nine passengers on board. This front is from The Times, from London.


Four of the passengers were from Germany. This front is from BILD in Berlin.


Belgium had four passengers on board. Here’s the front from De Standaard from Brussels.


The Philippines had three passengers on board. Here’s a screenshot of the homepage of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Canada had one passenger on board. Here’s the front page of Toronto’s The Globe and Mail.


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  • algibes

    Or online, which is where everyone commenting here is seeing this selection of front pages.

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  • http://www.WhoNeedsNewspapers.org/ Paul Steinle

    The abiding solemnity of a still photo, on the front page of a daily newspaper, demonstrates the power of newsprint to tell a story in a memorable, unique manner. Each medium has its special powers. A frozen fragment of time and a stark vision — that a reader can study and absorb — belongs to the printed page.