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Madeleine McCann: Unearthing Nothing But Pain And Media In Another Praia da Luz Summer

by | 10th, May 2014

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Picture date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007. As the search for the missing girl entered its sixth day today, efforts to home in on her abductor stepped up a gear. Two "Cracker-style" criminal behaviour experts from the UK flew into the Algarve region yesterday to join Portuguese investigators working on the case.


MADELEINE McCann: A round-up of reporting on the missing child:

The Times : “New hunt for Maddie opens old wounds in Praia da Luz”

David Brown is the latest journalist to holiday in Praia da Luz:

Seven years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the quiet Algarve town where she vanished is preparing to become the centre of world attention all over again.

It never really stopped, though, did it? Until the story has an ending, Praia da Luz is home to the Praia da Luz Mystery.

The dark shadow cast over Praia da Luz has returned with the announcement that a new police search is to begin just as the town is preparing for the tourist season. Madeleine… is the subject of a £5 million Scotland Yard investigation involving up to 40 officers. It was ordered by David Cameron after Portuguese police closed the case. A judge has authorised a request from the British team for the Portuguese police to examine one privately-owned site using ground-penetrating radar. This has upset residents and business owners, who fear the search will put the town back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Who holds the spotlight: police or media?

Television news crews have been scurrying through the narrow, cobbled, roads leading down to the beach trying to identify possible search sites.

Answer: media. The police are low key.

Indeed, the Belfast Telegraph q uotes the parents, Gerry and Kate McCann asking the media to back off:

“We are dismayed with the way the media has behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter’s case. There is an on-going, already challenging, police investigation taking place and media interference in this way not only makes the work of the police more difficult, it can potentially damage and destroy the investigation altogether and hence the chances of us finding Madeleine and discovering what has happened to her.

As Madeleine’s parents, this just compounds our distress. We urge the media to let the police get on with their work and please show some respect and consideration to Madeleine and all our family.”

Roy Greenslade asks:

Madeleine McCann: is it time for the press regulator to step in?

Why would it be? Are the anonymous “sources” quoted in newspaper reports unhelpful?

This came the day after the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, sent a letter to editors appealing for restraint because of the potential for the Portuguese to halt the investigation.

Rowley explained that the British police were operating under Portuguese law and his opposite number in Portugal, in the policia judiciaria, did not intend as had been the Met’s practice to brief the media on the search.

He said that the Portuguese police chief had been clear “that if we provide any briefings or information on the work they are undertaking on our behalf, or if reporters cause any disruption to their work in Portugal, activity will cease”.

It would mean that Scotland Yard detectives would be unable to excavate sites around the resort of Praia da Luz where the then three-year-old

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