Madeleine McCann: The Press Complaints Committee Forgets Robert Murat
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: THE Press Complaints Commission was criticised by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. It responds – and there is no mention made for Robert Murat, a man almost destroyed by the press:
“It would not have been possible, contrary to the select committee’s assertions, for the commission to have come to an independent view in May 2007 on questions of accuracy or impropriety in the reporting of the McCann case.
“The PCC would clearly have needed information from those at the centre of the story to do so. At that point, the commission had already sought to engage with the McCanns and make itself available to offer all necessary assistance. The McCanns publicly thanked the PCC for its work in dealing with harassment and protecting the privacy of their children. They elected, as was their right, to pursue other matters through the courts.
“However, the commission is committed to learning lessons from a case that led to a significant amount of public concern about press standards. It does accept that it could have done more to direct the McCanns’ concerns about reporting, and to channel them into more formal complaints. It will take this on board for the future.”
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