Madeleine McCann: When Hush Money Becomes A Donation
OUR Maddie: Anorak’s look at Madeleine McCann in the news: when News of The World “hush money” becomes a donation.
THE dread News of The World paid £125,000 to Madeline McCann fun. The money was made as part of the paper’s apology for publishing Kate McCann’s private diaries without her permission.
The Guardian says the money was paid “on condition that the terms of the deal remained secret”. A confidentiality agreement was signed in September 2008.
Last week, however, the NoW’s last editor Colin Myler, told the Leveson Inquiry that it was his belief the McCanns had okayed the paper’s use of the diary. The Guardian says the McCanns deny the claim.
All sides are sticking to any agreement, if indeed onr exists, and not talking on the matter.
One thing os interest is that the Guardian’s headline was altered. The initial headline spoke of a”hush payment”. Why? A simple error – or more “sexing up” at the Guardian..?
As for the case, well the Star says:
POLICE have finally admitted Madeleine McCann was abducted four years ago.
Fact! How did they prove it? We are not told:
Her parents Kate and Gerry had fought authorities to accept she was snatched from their holiday apartment in Portugal.
But only now have detectives put in writing that her case is one of abduction.
The Met at first refused to release paperwork under the Freedom of Information Act on the grounds it would “adversely harm the investigation”.
But, after an appeal, police finally handed over details to the Daily Star Sunday last week after a wait of nearly three months.
A source close to the McCanns, both 43, said: “Kate and Gerry are pleased the police are treating it as an abduction because that’s what they have said was the case since Madeleine went missing.”
We do not see hos the Met proved the child was abducted. But if the Star says so, it’s good enough, right?