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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.

Jill Dando, Madeleine McCann, Barry George, Princess Diana And Tabloid Bingo

BARRY George, the oddball, has been cleared of murdering BBC presenter Jill Dando. The papers react:

DAILY EXPRESS: “£1M PAYOUT FOR MAN CLEARED OF KILLING JILL DANDO”

The 48-year-old convicted sex offender spent eight years behind bars and is likely to receive at least £500,000 compensation, plus a similar amount from a media bidding war for his story.

BBC: It’s £250,000.

DAILY MIRROR: Barry George in bid for £1million compensation after being cleared of Jill Dando’s murder

The money’s better in the Mirror:

George, 48, a loner with mental problems whose conviction for shooting dead Crimewatch presenter Jill was based on unreliable forensic evidence, was yesterday found not guilty after an Old Bailey retrial.

GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “So Who Did Kill Jill?”

This from the Mirror in Scotland:

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Posted: 2nd, August 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (51)


Madeleine McCann: The Maddie Crunch, Goncarlo Amaral’s Interview And Lawyers

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

THE PORTUGAL NEWS ONLINE: “Minster praises GNR performance during Maddie case”

Portugal’s Home Affairs Minster, Rui Pereira, told the country this week he believed the GNR police had acted in an “exemplary” fashion during the Madeleine McCann investigation, and in “close collaboration” with the PJ police.

Exclusive in English: Former ‘Maddie Cop’ interview

It’s detective, cake eater and author Goncarlo Amaral:

TPN: The report leaked last week says that Gerry and Kate were made arguidos on the “merest possibility” that they were involved in the disappearance of their child. Is that accurate?

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Posted: 1st, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (474)


Madeleine McCann: The McCanns’ Ireland State Visit And Coronation Street Plots

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann parents set for Irish visit”

Has the missing child been spotted in Ireland?

The couple and their young twins are expected to make the journey this autumn and plan to make a television appearance while they’re in the country. The couple’s visit will be their first time to arrive in Ireland since their four-year-old daughter Madeleine went missing last year.

This reads like a visit from a head of state:

Kate and Gerry are expected to take up on an open invitation to appear on RTE’s The Late Late Show to address the nation and thank the Irish for their “incredible support”.

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Posted: 31st, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comments (569)


Madeleine McCann: Cluedo, Kate Summerscale Wins And Head Shaving The Tesco’s Girl

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

NEW ZEALAND HERALD: “Real murder mystery takes top prize”

What’s a work of fiction got to do with Madeleine McCann, the disappearance of a real child?

Almost 150 years later, the murder at Road Hill House looks set to regain a firm grip on the national imagination after a modern account of the Cluedo-style killing won the £30,000 ($78,000) Samuel Johnson prize.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Or The Murder at Road Hill House, by Kate Summerscale, had been deemed as the most commercial book on the six-strong shortlist.

Cluedo? But the McCann case has no suspects, let alone a weapon?

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Posted: 30th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (334)


Madeleine McCann: Colette Douglas Home Spreads The Fear And Inside Irvine Welsh

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

THE HERALD: “Do you want to see every parent in the dock?”

It’s Colette Douglas Home, professional Maddie opinion giver. And to answer her question: yes. Fingerprint them, photograph them and question them for 42 days. Only the guilty have anything to fear.

Fear:

You’ve got to admit, they shouldn’t have left the children unattended and gone out to dinner.” It was a colleague talking to me about Kate and Gerry McCann. He went on: “We go on holiday with a big group of friends but we’d never do that. We put the wee ones to bed and eat downstairs.”

“And do you check on them every half hour?”

“Yes. Well, we send the teenagers to do the checking.”

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Posted: 29th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (494)


Madeleine McCann: The Tabloid Dog Pack, Kate McCann’s Diary And Shannon Matthews

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann, Gerry McCann and Robert Murat

PRESS GAZETTE: “Furious lawyer attacks tabloids’ ‘pack-dog’ mentality over stories”

Read all about it in the Star, Sun, Mirror etc.

Louis Charalambous represented Robert Murat in his libel action against eleven tabloid newspapers. Two other claimants in the same case, Sergey Malinka and Michaela Walczuch, were awarded apologies and a “substantial six-figure settlement”.

Charalambous tells the Press Gazette:

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Posted: 28th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (325)


Madeleine McCann: Portugal Police Search And Eilis O’Hanlon Empathises

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “Police hunt for Maddie ‘is still on’”

Portugal’s top cop has vowed to search “to the ends of the Earth” for Maddie McCann even though prosecutors have shelved the case. Almeida Rodrigues, head of the Judicial Police, said his detectives will chase up all leads until the 15-month mystery is solved.

No end in sight.

He said: “A case only stops being investigated if there is a successful criminal trial.”

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Only McCanns know full pain of never-ending story – If you find the ambiguity hard to live with, imagine the trauma the McCanns have to endure, writes Eilis O’Hanlon”

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Posted: 27th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (368)


Madeleine McCann: Beyond Parody

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER: “Time to close book on a tragic chapter”

Hilarie Stelfox speak to her readers:

They may have been guilty of neglect – and I certainly wouldn’t have left my children alone in a holiday apartment at that age – but that doesn’t make them murderers.

Further revelations are planned by the former head of the investigation in Portugal but I, for one, am now tired of the slurs and innuendo and will not be buying the book written by Goncalo Amaral, who is simply capitalising on the case.

Any more of this and Stelfox will put a parodist out of a job.

Posted: 26th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (83)


Madeleine McCann: Our Maddie And Amanda Platell Knows

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THE SUN: “McCanns’ delay on Maddie files”

LAWYERS for Kate and Gerry McCann are still waiting to see Portuguese police files on daughter Madeleine’s disappearance, their spokesman said yesterday.

Clarence Mitchell added: “We hope to get notification from the court early next week.

DAILY MAIL: “Platell’s People: Is this the best way to help Maddie?”

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Posted: 26th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (409)


Madeleine McCann: Suing Amaral, Mark Lawson’s Fact And Fiction, And Bloggers Beware

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE GUARDIAN: “The Panama Mystery – Mr and Mrs Canoe’s case fascinates but can’t match crime fiction’s satisfying motives and denouement”

Mark Lawson does so love a good ending to a work of fiction and fact. A super-fiction. Take care you don’t confuse the two.

In his piece Lawson name checks them all: John and Anne Darwin, Radovan Karadzic, Fred and Rose West, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, Harold Shipman and…

As the trial was coming to a close, I was at the Harrogate Crime-Writing Festival, and newspapers were reporting the latest developments in the Madeleine McCann case.

Bingo! Where were you?

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Posted: 25th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (626)


Madeleine McCann: The Truth Of The Lie, The Missing Pages And Blonde Lawyers

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

A girl has disappeared. We spent over a year watching the parents via the press. The McCanns have been formally cleared of involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. But we are still watching them

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Maddy’s parents turn to their lawyers as book hits shelves”

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Posted: 24th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (729)


Madeleine McCann: Liz Hunt Wonders, The Leaked File And The End

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE – Anger as Portuguese police file is linked”

Yesterday, Madeleine McCann returned to the Express’s front page, a place she once used to own. She’s back today. What price she will be back many times yet?

KATE and Gerry McCann faced further anguish last night after learning that the final police report into their daughter’s disappearance had been leaked to a Portuguese newspaper.

The Express feels their pain and their hurt. And if its readers want to know how bad it is, well, read on:

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Posted: 23rd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (549)


Police Dogs Put McCanns Wrongly In Frame

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Portuguese detectives made Madeleine McCann’s parents suspects on the “slightest chance” they could have been involved in her disappearance, a leaked report revealed.

An official 57-page summary of the massive final dossier assembled by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) – Portugal’s CID – was apparently posted online.

The leak came as Gerry and Kate McCann considered taking legal action against the Portuguese authorities after the couple had their suspect status formally lifted.

The police report, dated June 20 2008 and written by an Algarve-based PJ inspector, was placed on the website of the Portuguese newspaper Expresso.

Detectives named the McCanns as “arguidos”, or formal suspects, last September in the light of sniffer dog searches and initial DNA test results, according to the document. This was because inquiries had flagged up the “slightest chance of their involvement with a possible corpse” in their holiday flat and hire car, it said.

The leaked report said a “cadaver dog”, trained to sniff out dead bodies, picked up a scent in the McCanns’ apartment and on clothes belonging to Mrs McCann and Madeleine. The animal also apparently scented death on the key of the Renault Scenic hire car rented by the McCanns 24 days after the little girl went missing.

Preliminary forensic analysis on samples recovered from the McCanns’ hire car raised the possibility of a match with Madeleine’s DNA profile, the report said. But final DNA test results could not match the material to any particular person – or even establish whether it was blood or another type of body fluid.

And that was that…

Posted: 22nd, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (29)


Madeleine McCann: Police Errors, Kate And Gerry McCann Speak, And Amaral’s Book

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Portuguese prosecutors have shelved the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Kate McCann, Gerry McCann and Robert Murat are not longer official suspects.

Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro, Portugal’s Attorney-General, told police to halt the investigation into of Madeleine’s disappearance.

A statement released by his office confirmed that it had decided to “close the file on the investigation concerning the disappearance of the minor Madeleine McCann due to lack of evidence that any crime was committed by the persons placed under formal investigation”.

But it’s not the end of the matter. And Madeleine McCann returns to the nations’ front pages:

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Posted: 22nd, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (590)


Madeleine McCann: BBC Is Live, Peter Wilby’s Right, Stephen Glover Investigates And Tabloid Facts

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Today Portugal’s attorney general, Jose Pinto Monteiro, is to make a statement about the Madeleine McCann case. Reports that the inquiry into her disappearance will be shelved.

This means Kate McCann, Gerry McCann and Robert Murat – the three named suspects – might be cleared.

But what crime occurred? Kidnap? Murder? Paedophilia? Neglect? The Portuguese police have never been able to say for sure.

The BBC has its man in Portugal. It’s “live” from Portugal. And we are watching the parents.

DAILY MAIL (front page): “New agony for Kate as Maddie detective cashes in”

Kate and Gerry McCann are expected to be told today that the inquiry into their daughter’s disappearance is being shelved.

But in a heartbreaking blow, a book by the disgraced former head of the investigation will be published on Thursday promising ‘explosive revelations’ about the inquiry.

The memoir by Goncalo Amaral reportedly contains allegations that Madeleine died accidentally in her parents’ care, and that they disposed of her body to cover up the death.

Why would this be agony now when it is a theory already mentioned in newspapers?

Let’s just stick to the facts:

The McCanns, both 40, vehemently deny the claims.

DAILY MIRROR: “Ex-Maddy cop’s book ‘to tell all’”

Former Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, 48, was axed from the investigation last October after criticising Kate and Gerry and the UK police.

But the disgraced officer is expected to repeat his controversial claims when the book – Truth About The Lies – hits the shelves on Thursday.

Will the Mirror dare to repeat the claims? The Mirror deals with facts:

Kate and Gerry, both 39, of Rothley, Leics, are today widely expected to be cleared as official suspects in the case, along with Robert Murat, a Brit living in Praia da Luz.

Such are the, er, facts.

THE GUARDIAN: “Murat’s £800,000 – a minor marketing expense”. Says Peter Wilby:

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Posted: 21st, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Money, Tabloids | Comments (869)


Our Madeleine McCann: Colin Stagg, Mad Dogs And Lucy Cavendish, And Amaral’s True Lies

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “We’ll savage bungling cops on Oprah [Winfrey] show – CLEARED McCANNS VOW TV ONSLAUGHT”

Cleared?

“At noon tomorrow a judge will formally lift the cloud of suspicion.”

Is that a fact?

The couple are likely to focus their fury on top cop Goncalo Amaral, who was kicked off the Madeleine case last October following allegations of incompetence and attacks on his British police counterparts.

“I’LL NEVER HAVE MY LIFE BACK – MURAT” – ‘I don’t know if I will ever be able to shake off the stigma of being ‘that Maddie man‘.”

“People say there is no smoke without fire and there may always be some who still doubt me. I have to live with that for the rest of my life.”

Let’s play a game of word association: Colin Stagg.

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Posted: 20th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (431)


Online PR: Robert Murat Drops Max Clifford

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NO word from Robert Murat in today’s tabloids. Having been awarded a load of money for being libelled, what odds the tabloids are battling to see which of them can get his interview? But with whom do they negotiate?

Back in May 2007, the Express’s front page asked: “Madeleine: Will the suspect cash in by selling his story?”

In “Maddy suspect’s PR deal” the paper says “oddball” Robert Murat was said to have contacted Max Clifford, the ubiquitous PR guru without whom no fag/shag/slag/hag/gag/lag/nag/wag ‘n’ tell story is complete.

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Posted: 19th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Online-PR | Comments (18)


Madeleine McCann: The English In Portugal, Danie Krugel And Entertainment

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THE SUN: “UK cops in McCann talks”

BRITISH police have met Portugal’s public prosecutor to discuss handing over evidence into the Maddie McCann probe. Local cops are set to close the case on Monday and clear parents Kate and Gerry over their daughter’s disappearance.

Yesterday a Portuguese newspaper claimed British cops tried to stop information – including the results of a DNA test on the McCanns’ hire car – from being made public.

DAILY MAIL: “British police failed to stop DNA evidence in McCann case from being made public”

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Posted: 19th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (557)


Robert Murat Damages, McCanns Cleared And Bungling Cops

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

ROBERT Murat has been awarded damages for being libelled by 11 British publications in the matter of Madeleine McCanns disappearance.

When they were libelled, Kate and Gerry McCann got a front-page wholehearted apology from the Daily Star and a donation. The Express did similar.

Today the papers treat the matter as follows:

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Posted: 18th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (119)


Which Newspaper Will Buy Robert Murat’s Story?

MADELEINE McCann aguido Robert Murat has accepted £600,000 in libel damages over claims that he was involved in her abduction.

Outside court Mr Murat says: “The newspapers in this case brought about the total and utter destruction of mine and my family’s life and caused immense distress.”

Round up here.

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Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (499)


Madeleine McCann: Saville Kent, Fictional Detectives And D-Day II

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Madeleine McCann returns to the nation’s front pages.

No mention is made of Robert Murat’s libel settlement with 11 British organs (more on that later), just the Mirror’s news: “MADDY – Law chief: It’s D-Day on Monday.”

D-Day – much like the Sun’s Maddy D-Day on 29th, November 2007, only more decisive.

DAILY STAR: “D-DAY COMING FOR THE MCCANNS”

THE GUARDIAN: “D-day close in McCann investigation”

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Posted: 17th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (148)


Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat, Newspapers Escape And Libel

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ROBERT Murat has won libel actions against Sky, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The Metro, The Daily Mirror, The News of the World, The Sun and The Scotsman.

His case against the media was due to be heard tomorrow, but he has reached a settlement out of court.

You can read a round-up of the matter here, an search for “Robert Murat” on Anorak, which has been highlighting the media campaign againt the expat for over a year.

This settlement saves the media fighting a battle they had no chance of winning and legal fees. The cost is about £50,000-a-head, which is something of a bargain.

And how have these papers responded to the news? With an apology?

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Posted: 16th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comments (248)


Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Wins Damages

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ROBERT Murat, the one-eyed, “oddball“, “weirdo“, “bouncy castle” fetishist, fingered by the Sunday Mirror’s Lori Campbell, has settled a claim for damages with a number of British newspapers over allegations of his involvement in the Madeleine McCann inquiry.

Mr Murat will be in the High Court in London on Thursday to receive apologies from the newspapers.

Did he get £1million? Did they all apologise?

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Posted: 15th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (336)


Not More Madeleine McCann Jokes

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

METRO: “When is serious news seriously funny?”

Nearly always if it’s on ITV?

Topical comedy can be something of a hot potato. Take last year’s most prominent UK news story: the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Not even the most talented comedians could get away with touching it with a bargepole.

Well, no. This one was funny. But not these.

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Posted: 15th, July 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (110)


Madeleine McCann: Clarence Mitchell For Hire, Richard Desmond And The Guardian Repeats

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: “McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell ponders PR move

As Kate and Gerry McCann return from their first family holiday since their daughter Madeleine disappeared 14 months ago, their spokesman Clarence Mitchell is in talks to join a PR agency where he plans to help other parents who have lost children to deal with the media.

Such is the news of the McCann case that the internet traffic-hungry Telegraph is looking at Clarence Mitchell’s career options. An interviwer might ask him what good has come of all the PR and media handling, and point out that not every missing child is the the blonde, photgenic progency of middle-class doctors and thus not deemed to be as newsworthy.

Says Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman:

“I’m happy to help anyone in the eye of a media storm, but I need to put myself on a firm financial footing. I should stress, however, that there’s absolutely no question of me abandoning Kate and Gerry McCann.”

Working for the McCanns is a job, and it pays. But when will it end?

THE GUARDIAN: “Fakery fallout hits TV sector”

Deception rows caused several top television figures to slide down the top 100. It’s the MediaGuardian 100, an arbitrary league table of TV shows and staff.

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Posted: 14th, July 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (620)