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Madeleine McCann: RIPA and the public death of Brenda Leyland

by | 22nd, February 2015

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Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child in the news.

The Times reports on the inquest into the death of Brenda Leyland, 63, the woman accused of being obsessed with the McCanns, posting thousands of tweets about the missing child’s parents. In one, she called them the  “worst of humankind”. Other tweets might be libellous.

You might not have noticed Leyland had it not been for Sky News’ decision to doorstep her on the telly. Sky said Leyland had “trolled” the parents of Madeleine McCann. But what did Sky do? Was it any better? Worse?

While @sleepface (Leyland’s twitter handle) tweeted to a handful of of followers, Sky brodcast to the masses.

And if we get to see her squirm, why do we not also get to see the journalists and editors who libelled the McCanns and Robert Murat on the rack?

How many of the people who absued the McCanns and Murat in the mainstream media can you name? Were any of them doorstepped?

And it makes us wonder if Brenda Leyland a useful fool, a soft target to make the media look tough on so-called trolls people who says nasty things?

It’s not as if the media is hot on all trolls. The police and the maisntream media only protect the trolls who stray off-message . Did you nark to the police on the trolls who wanted ‘racist tram lady’ Emma West raped and murdered , her child left motherless? What about the tweeters who wanted Jose Cunningham, a kind of tabloid Aunt Sally, killed and her children placed in State care?

And, remember, that what you say on Twitter can earn you prison sentence and police raid . Well, only if the police and Twitter mob need you to make themselves look morally sound, that is.

It’s clear that after being exposed, Brenda Leyland was fair game for so-called trolls who monstered her . She became international news . She became the pivot for a debate on free speech . And very soon she was dead . She was buried in the Press and in the ground .

Brenda Leyland was monstered on twitter and billed as a “twisted, fecked up bitch” by a Mirror columnist. We yet to read a description so strong for any woman joining ISIS. Leyland really was that bad.

The question we asked ran: was Brenda Leyland driven to her death by the mob ?

And who tipped Sky News off? Who told the police about this woman with her fixation?

The coroner wants to know.

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