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Madeleine McCann: Viscount Rothmere Fails To Explain The Daily Mail’s Omissions

by | 13th, December 2011

MADELEINE McCann’s name has been evoked at a parliamentary committee hearing on privacy and injunctions.

Viscount Rothermere, the controlling shareholder of the Daily Mail , says he is “very deeply sympathetic to everything the McCanns have gone through “. However, he but that he stood by Paul Dacre, the Daily Mail editor-in-chief’s coverage of the missing child.

Says Rothermere :

“My paper writes about many things that give me personal cause for concern but I feel it’s my duty to allow editors the job to edit.

“If I picked up the phone every single time I disagreed with an article then I would make their job a lot harder to do. I rely on the processes within the organisation and their obeyance of them in order to run a professional outfit…

“I had personal concerns, yes. I think what the McCanns went through was very difficult for them but I did not bring up the issue with Paul Dacre, if that answers your question.”

The McCanns told the Leveson inquiry into press standards three weeks ago how they were subject to a string of disgusting and offensive stories after their daughter Madeleine went missing in Portugal four years ago.

The McCanns sued Rothmere’s Associated Newspapers for libel. The Daily Mail made a donation to the Find Madeleine campaign and ran free adverts for it. Gerry McCann says the Mail refused to apologise.

What did they have to apologise for? Well, The Mail says Kate McCann felt mentally raped” by the NoTW’s decision to publish

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