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Madeleine McCann: Trolling The Leveson Inquiry

by | 3rd, October 2014

Gerry McCann, with his wife Kate, gives a statement to the press in the Algarve village of Praia Da Luz, where their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine McCann, went missing on Thursday evening. Picture date: Saturday, May 5, 2007. Madeleine was last seen by her father sleeping soundly at around 9pm on Thursday at the Ocean Club resort in the seaside village in the south-western Algarve. At 10pm, when her mother Kate went to check on her, she found the shutter slid up, the bedroom window open and her daughter gone. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire Date: 05/05/2007


MADLEIENE McCann: A look at reporting on the missing child in the media.

One day after news that sources had compiled a dossier of people who have allegedly abused Kate and Gerry McCann online, the missing girl’s parents are in the news.

The Daily Star leads with the so-called “trolls”.


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The Times focuses on one:

A churchgoing mother of two children has been uncovered as one of the internet “trolls” who bombarded the family of Madeleine McCann with vile abuse.

Brenda Leyland, 63, who lives in a picturesque village in Leicestershire, 15 miles from where Kate and Gerry McCann live with their two children, posted dozens of offensive messages about them.
Mrs Leyland, who attended Goldsmiths college at London University, was part of a group of hate-fuelled critics of the McCanns who believe despite no evidence that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.

Posting an offensive message gets you a lot of media attention – well it does if the media and police don’t like you .

The Guardian has other news:

Gerry McCann attacks ‘disgraceful’ Sunday Times after £55k libel payout – Payout follows allegations that couple deliberately hindered search for daughter Madeleine

The story:

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, has accused the Sunday Times of behaving “disgracefully”, after winning a libel payout from the newspaper in a case he believes proves how little the industry has changed following the phone-hacking scandal.

McCann and his wife Kate were handed £55,000 in libel damages from the Murdoch-owned paper over a front page story which alleged that the couple had deliberately hindered the search for their daughter, who went missing in Portugal seven years ago.

The McCanns said in a statement: “The Sunday Times has behaved disgracefully. There is no sign of any post-Leveson improvement in the behaviour of newspapers like this.”

But they won a libel damges. The Times hardly escaped. What more do they want?

Writing in the Guardian, Gerry McCann repeats calls he made to the public inquiry into press intrusion, conducted by Lord Justice Leveson, for a “quick, effective way of correcting false reports in newspapers” and called on the next government to implement the proposals set out by Leveson but rejected by much of the industry.

Many of Leveson’s recommendations are an affront to free speech. They should be rejected by any state that vlaues liberty.

After an 11-month battle for redress, the McCanns said the Sunday Times had failed to give them a proper opportunity to comment on what they called “grotesque and utterly false” allegations, failed to publish the full response they made and offered a “half-baked, inadequate response”. Even when the paper agreed to retract the allegations and apologise two months after publication, this was “tucked away” on an inside page. After this, the couple hired libel lawyers Carter-Ruck to sue for damages, they said.

Gerry McCann said :

“Despite the history of admitted libels in respect of my family by so

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