Madeleine McCann Category
News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, featuring special guest star Robert Murat, Lembit Opik, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Jade Goody and a heated debate
AFTER a winter-long hibernation, Madeleine McCann returns to the newspapers and front-line debate.
The debate, which brought together some famous names from the media, was notable for emotional highs and lows, as well as some colourful tabloid-style language and plenty of laughter.
Speaking for the motion were Michael White, Associate Editor of the Guardian, Robert Murat and his lawyer Louis Charalambous, and the Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, whose personal life has regularly been splashed across the front pages of the tabloids.
Daily Mirror: “Christen Me Now Begs Jade”
Max Clifford added Jade’s sons were coping “very well”.
“They are aware their mum is very ill, but they are very young. Hopefully their lives will be as unaffected as possible, bearing in mind they are going to lose the centrepiece of their lives…
…me, Max Clifford?
Madeleine McCann is missing, still missing. She is now missing from the papers. The story is not of a missing child. The story is of the media, how the single thread story became a maelstrom of speculation and clai, and now introspection.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ PR , is talking with the Indepedent. Now the McCanns are free – no longer suspects in their daughter’s disappearance – why is Clarnce Mitchell needed?
The Independent: “Clarence Mitchell: ‘I am a decent human being. If I can help them, I will’ – The ex-BBC journalist built a career on professional detachment. Then, he went to work for the McCanns.”
“There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, nothing, to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed, let alone killed,” insists Clarence Mitchell, the former television reporter who speaks for the family of the most famous missing girl in the world. Her face is instantly recognisable. There is no longer any need to use her surname, McCann. And yet, nearly two years since she vanished from the Algarve, there is still no trace.
Yesterday the Mail manged to feature Madeleine McCann in its sotry on Stuart Lubbock, the man found dead at Michael Barrymore’s home. Readers were told:
Comparisons are now being made between Essex Police’s handling of the Lubbock case with the Portuguese police’s handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.
Can the Mail now work Madeleine McCann into another seemingly unconnected story?
Daily Mail: “Pushed to the brink: How a family nearly lost their teenage daughter thanks to the dangerous power of the internet”
Stuart Lubbock died at TV entertainer Michael Barrymore’s house. He was found dead in a swimming pool. Drowned, apparently. An inquest featured the opinions of four pathologists that he was found with serious internal anal injuries.
Daily Mail: “Police apologise for flawed investigation into death at Michael Barrymore’s house”
Essex police apologised last night to the father of Stuart Lubbock who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore in 2001 in mysterious circumstances.
Which magazine: “European helpline numbers to be launched Easy child helpline and emotional support access”
Home phone and mobile phone regulator Ofcom has confirmed plans to introduce Europe-wide 116 emotional and child helpline phone numbers in the UK.
Caller: Hello, 116 116?
Yes. I’m here to help.
Caller: have you got the number for Jeremy Kyle?
At the moment, many telephone helpline and hotline phone numbers vary across different countries in Europe. This makes it difficult for visitors from other countries to find the right number when they need help or advice.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Swap the cotton wool for a mud pie”
It’s Harry de Quetteville.
Parents should stop being paranoid about their children’s safety and embrace risk
Who would be a parent?
Alfie Patten (possibly) and Chantelle Steadman?
Can you put a price on a missing child? Yes.
LIVERPOOL ECHO: Police spent £500k on Madeleine McCann case
BRITISH police spent more than half a million pounds assisting the Portuguese investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Leicestershire police’s part in the search for the missing little girl cost £548,477 in 2007-08, the force said.
BBC: “Economy ‘threatens’ news accuracy”
The story is illustrated by a picture of Madeleine McCann. How so? Is hers the face of the economic downturn?
TO Hackney, London, where our Maddy is appearing in a hall, on a wall.
It’s Maddy Porn. It’s mourn porn. Have look, if you dare…
WEXFORD PEOPLE: “On the trail of fame and fortune – DONNA MARIE SAYS C’MON WEXFORD!”
DONNA MARIE Sludds has become an overnight pop sensation – a mere twelve years after she first stepped on stage with the family band. The livewire from Ballymurn has been chosen to compete in R.T.E.’s All-Ireland Talent show and is due on television next weekend.
The girl’s got talent, alright.
This is Wiltshire: “Center Parcs boosts security after Madeleine case”
Wiltshire? Whereabouts in Portugal is that, then?
Scotland on Sunday: “McCanns celebrate twins’ birthday but Madeleine is ‘never far from their minds’”
The Scotland on Sunday can now read the minds of four-year-olds. Today is the fourth birthday do for Our Maddy’s siblings, Amelie and Sean. Scotland on Sunday is watching the kids.
Why? Are Sean and Amelie arguidos?! Who don’t think..? Perhaps the papers are on to something?
Daily Mirror: “Haunted by Maddy’s disappearance, Kate McCann spends three hours a day trawling files”
She is consumed with the hunt for her daughter. every day she will spend 3 hours reading documents, looking for the vital clue which will answer the question that has tortured her and Gerry for 21 agonising months. Where is our missing Madeleine?
Our Maddy, surely?
It’s time to look at those end-of-year Our Maddy Fund accounts and McCann Incorporated:
The Sun: “Maddie’s donors in £2m bid”
WELL-wishers donated almost £2million to the fund to find Madeleine McCann in the ten months after she vanished, it has emerged.
They gave almost £260-an-hour after Madeleine went missing aged three in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007, accounts lodged with Companies House show.
UK tabloid invites readers to Maddy look-alike do – details to follow…
THE PEOPLE: “MCCANN’S FACE ANOTHER FAMILY MILESTONE WITHOUT MADDY”
Tom Mctague is walking the Maddy Mile, putting in the hard yards. He has just passed another marker:
Kate and Gerry McCann will this week brave another family milestone without their beloved daughter Maddie – their twins’ fourth birthday.
How is that a milestone, then? Is reaching the grand old age of four now a milestone in this paedo, pervy age? If he turns up, call the cops.
But is it porn? Mourn Porn? Yesterday we had the “paedo!”. Now we have the “porn!” Two words can keep this story going, and they are not “Maddie found”.
HACKNEY GAZETTE: “MADDIE STUNT FURY”
A vile stunt in which a group of Hackney artists made pornographic artwork using images of Madeleine McCann has sparked outrage.
Vile. Outraged! Did you see it? Well, in case you didn’t go to a minor art exhibition in a easy-to-miss part of London and be outraged, know this:
It turns out that Flick Cocks is her real name. You knew?
DAILY MIRROR: “Paedophile ring link ‘to Maddy McCann’”
Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have exposed a child pornography network, it was revealed last night. Thirteen people were arrested in armed raids across Spain in which officers seized computers, DVDs, CDs, cameras and a photo album with pictures of abuse.
And Madeleine McCann, who went missing in Portugal?
GLASGOW MAIL: “Madeleine McCann cop makes attempt to flog book in UK”
A PORTUGUESE detective’s book claiming Madeleine McCann died while in her parents’ care could go on sale in the UK.
Goncalo Amaral’s The Truth About A Lie claims parents Gerry and Kate then disposed of their three-year-old daughter’s body in the Algarve. This was dismissed by Portuguese authorities and Amaral, 49, was kicked off the case after five months in charge.
Gerry MCann returned to Portugal. Kate Mcann did not go with him. Here’s the story of the story that keeps on going:
DAILY MIRROR: “Madeleine mum can’t face return”
Heartbroken Kate McCann was too upset to go back to Portugal where her beloved Madeleine was snatched.
A breakthrough. She didn’t wander off. Cancel the Channel 4 investigation! Madeleine McCann is another Diana to milk like a surrogate cow.
The Mirror has proof?
THE SUN: “Maddie hunt trip gives Gerry hope”
GERRY McCann returned home yesterday after “positive” talks in Portugal on the hunt for missing daughter Madeleine.
Mr McCann is”40”.
EVENING STANDARD: “Kate and Gerry McCann”
As readers will recall, since Madeleine McCann’s abduction in May 2007, The Evening Standard has covered the story extensively and reported developments in the police investigation and search for Madeleine.
Well, yes, the Standard and every other news organ…
During the last few months of 2007 we, along with much of the media, published a number of articles which may have been understood to suggest that Kate and Gerry McCann may have been involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.
May have been understood? Could the paper be less specific?
We regret this and wish to make clear, for the avoidance of any doubt, that we fully accept that there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Kate and Gerry were involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
Good that the Standard accepts that with no proof and no evidence of any crime having been committed, the missing girl’s parents are not guilty of hamring their own daughter. How’s that for, er, standards?
We continue to support Kate and Gerry in their search for Madeleine. There is no evidence that Madeleine has come to any harm and clearly there are people out there who know where she is.
“Continue to support”? But didn’t the Standard write things that “may have been understood” to be less than supporting?
Therefore we are today calling on Evening Standard readers to redouble their efforts to find Madeleine. We have now made a very substantial donation to assist with the search and are continuing to run adverts in the foreign editions of our sister paper, the Daily Mail, asking for information which might lead to Madeleine being found.
A donation. And an apology. What happened, then, to bring about such largesse?
We wish Kate and Gerry all the best and will continue to work with them to help find their daughter.
Just yesterday the Mail, the Standard’s sister organ, told readers:
Mr McCann said he was unaware of how much money remained in the Find Madeleine Fund but admitted his family had “scarce resources and did not want to waste them”.
Waste them on… lawyers?
Media lawyer Paul Gilbert, from the firm Finers Stephens Innocent, said: “Clearly the Express’s lawyers felt this was a case they should settle without a high-profile trial and as a result have saved considerable costs.
“It certainly is a warning sign to newspapers in the future – if they’re going to speculate, they’ve got to be very careful about what they speculate about.”
THE SCOTSMAN: “Madeleine expert joins Uist search”
AN EXPERT who reviewed the hunt for Madeleine McCann has been called in to try to help solve the mystery of the Merchant Navy cadet who disappeared on South Uist early on Boxing Day.
The failed search for Madeleine McCann is now a career defining moment for many, and no barrier to future employment.
As the search for Simon MacMillan, 21, goes on, a new team of police dogs from the mainland was sent to the Hebridean island yesterday. Police have also drafted in Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who was brought in to the search for Madeleine after police drew a blank.
And after Mr Harrison drew a blank…
Madeleine McCann is missing, and after months of speculation and innuendo, she remains missing…
DAILY MIRROR: “MADDY’S DAD IN ALGARVE TO PUSH FOR NEW HUNT”
Gerry McCann flew back to Portugal yesterday in the hope of reviving the hunt for missing daughter Madeleine.