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Madeleine McCann: Porn, Liverpool For McCanns And Libel

by | 22nd, March 2008

madeleine-liverpool.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE INDEPENDENT : “Saga of the McCanns is not yet over”

Says Richard Ingrams:

No one can feel too sorry at the thought of Express owner Richmond Desmond, who has made a huge fortune out of pornography, having to shell out a fraction of his profits to the needy McCanns.

No, not climate porn, the Independent’s apocalyptic visions of climate change, but real flesh and hair porn the porn that has given Richard Demsond “huge profits”; which must mean many not only enjoy porn and are happy to pay for it. Would “no one” feel sorry for Mr Desmond if his fine curtailed his porn output?

The Story of the McCanns and Express Newspaper was broken by Anorak 

All the same, the story is puzzling. The Express was undoubtedly guilty of libel. But the suggestion that the McCanns might have been in one way or another responsible for their daughter’s death did not originate with the newspaper. It was the Portuguese police who long ago branded the McCanns as suspects. And officially they remain so. It has never been explained why they were so convinced of the McCanns’ guilt when all the facts seem to point the other way.

Facts? There is only one fact: Madeleine McCann is missing.

But, following this week’s libel settlement, there was general agreement that as a result of the Daily Express apology the McCanns had finally been cleared. But that isn’t so. They are still officially labelled arguido, or suspects. The Portuguese police are even anxious to re-interview the McCanns’ friends, the so-called Tapas Nine. So all those who were hoping they had heard the last of this story are likely to be disappointed.

General agreement by whom? And if the Tapas Nine are the McCanns’s friends aren’t they the Tapas 7, or the Sangria 7 ? Mr Ingrams is right to note that the case still open, those who thought they had heard the last of the story will be put out. But these days Madeleine McCann is no longer on tabloid front pages; she appears in comment pieces in the largely unread Independent. She is also missing.

LIVERPOOL POST : “Call for boycott of two newspapers in support of Madeleine McCann

Guardian journalist Roy Greenslade, former editor of The Mirror, suggested the idea on his blog.

Has the city of Liverpool so taken Madeleine McCann to its heart that it will boycott the Sun and Star, as it

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