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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.

Madeleine McCann: Shannon Matthews, Entertainment And Mr Cheese

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Madeleine McCann is missing front the front pages. She now only appears in the media in the context of Ben Affleck’s film Gone Baby Gone, a work of fiction based on a work of fiction.

SPIKED ONLINE: Gone, Baby, Gone: who’s fit to be a parent?

With echoes of recent high-profile child abductions, Ben Affleck’s crime drama poses a very modern moral dilemma.

And a cracking night out at the cinema?

I remember when I heard Shannon Matthews had been found alive.

Shannon Matthews?

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Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (463)


Madeleine McCann: Why Gordon Brown Did It

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The Madeleine McCann case is not making much news. But you can still find the missing child being used as a point of reference for lazy hacks looking for context:

DAILY MIRROR: “If I hadn’t been found I would have had a different life –
EXCLUSIVE 20 YEARS ON ..KIDNAP BABY NATALIE”

When she was cruelly snatched aged five months by a woman posing as a store detective, Natalie became Britain’s most famous baby.

That’s Natalie Horrell, in case you’ve forgotten.

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Posted: 12th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (207)


Madeleine McCann: Email Hoaxes and TV Thrillers

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THE GUARDIAN: “Beware of the hoax”

Emails that warn of preying rapists and ruthless carjackers are currently doing the rounds, but how seriously should we take them? Viv Groskop reports…

Emails?

Other warnings are born out of the fear generated by a real crime. Shortly after the Madeleine McCann case hit the headlines last year I received a “watch out” email from a friend of a friend about a local mother who claimed the police had told her a “paedophile ring” was operating in the area, after her child was almost snatched from her car. I talked to the police about this and they confirmed that there was a grain of truth in it: a local mother had reported that she had seen two men standing near her car. The police hadn’t been able to ascertain any criminal intent though, and they definitely didn’t mention anything about paedophiles. The story had simply spiralled.

Spreading the fear…

STUFF (NZ): “TV review: Thriller ripples with creepy menace”

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Posted: 11th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (333)


Madeleine McCann: Angelina Jolie Feels The Pain

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THIS IS HULL – and Total Film Magazine:Angelina: “It’s so upsetting”

Angelina Jolie has reportedly revealed she has been deeply moved by the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Oh?

The Oscar-winning actress – who has four children with Brad Pitt and is due to give birth to twins – empathises with the McCann family as a parent herself.

Angelina told Total Film magazine: “It’s the worst thing in the world. I love Brad and if anything happened to him it would wreck me, but if anything happened to my kids… it’s something I can’t even think about it’s so upsetting.”

La Jolie would shoot them – she’d shoot them, all in the face.

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Posted: 10th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (140)


Madeleine McCann: But It Is Art

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SHOWBIZ IRELAND: “Madeleine McCann Graffiti Child Star…”

It’s one year on since missing child Madeleine McCann was snatched from a holiday apartment in Portugal. Since then, there has hardly been a day that she hasn’t been in a newspaper or on the TV. Such has been the worldwide circulation of her photograph that her image has reached iconic status, tragically for all the wrong reasons…

Oh?

As we headed from one gig to another in South Dublin at the weekend, we happened by some plywood hoarding covered in graffiti, and one striking image immediately stood out… It was the spray-painted face of missing child Madeleine McCann with the words: “CHILD STAR” stencilled [sic] above it in black…

What to do?

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Posted: 10th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (96)


The Madeleine McCann Effect

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The Reliance Security Group’s 2008 Shopping Centre Survey – the bi-annual study of UK shopping centre managers that seeks to identify security trends and issues in the retail market – comes against a backdrop of heightened fears in relation to terrorist attack, the seemingly inexorable rise in anti-social behaviour and continued worries over child safety following several high profile disappearances highlighted by the media.

It’s “The ‘Madeleine McCann effect’”. Was she stolen from a shopping centre?

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Posted: 9th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (176)


Madeleine McCann: Fact Checking The Truth About Maddie McCann And Ben Affleck’s Fiction As Fact

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Ben Affleck has a new panic film – Gone Baby Gone – in which the lead child is blonde enough to remind all reviewers of Madeleine McCann. The film – a work of fiction – cannot be mentioned without also making mention of missing Madeleine.

It is the 12th Rule of Journalism.

THE OBSERVER: “The cruellest crime of all -Delayed by the McCann case, Ben Affleck’s intense and gripping thriller is well worth the wait”

Crimes involving children touch on our deepest emotions and though we’ve seen numerous films about infant abduction over the past 50 years, ranging in tone from Seance on a Wet Afternoon to Murder on the Orient Express, the subject is peculiarly affecting at the moment in the light of the publicity given to the cases of Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury and Madeleine McCann in Portugal… To add to the anxiety, there is an uncanny physical resemblance between Madeleine McCann and the film’s four-year-old Amanda McCready.

It’s tabloid bingo, in the broadsheet Observer! Can anyone mention Fritzl and get the prize?

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “It’s a film that examines the media hysteria and prurience that happens when children are abducted — especially pertinent themes in our post-Madeleine post-Austrian crazies times.”

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Posted: 8th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (164)


Madeleine McCann: Selling Portugal And Imagining Pain

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AMANDA PLATELL (Daily Mail): “It’s impossible to imagine the pain of Kate and Gerry McCann planning their first holiday with their three-year-old twins since Madeleine disappeared more than a year ago.”

Impossible? You can try…

Every moment of happiness which the rest of us take for granted – birthdays, holidays, Christmas – must serve only as a painful reminder of their loss.

But I, for one, applaud them for trying to give Sean and Amelie as ordinary a life as possible. The easy thing would be to give in to sorrow. The hardest thing is to go on living and loving for your remaining children.

Or so one would imagine…

TRAVEL VIDEO.TV: “Rejuvenating Portugal’s historic spas”

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Posted: 7th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (163)


Those Madeleine McCann Jokes

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IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Much has been made of Tommy Tiernan mentioning Madeleine McCann on Friday night.”

Much has been made of it in the Irish Independent, here and here.

Both Sean Hughes [“You’ve got kids? What’d you do, tell them you were off to a tapas bar?”] and Patrick Kielty [“If the McCanns wanted to dispose of the body of their daughter, they should have checked her in as luggage on a Ryanair flight”] have already gone down this road, making the subsequent tabloid frenzy rather ridiculous. Tiernan made no mention of the offensive gag at the show I caught on the Saturday.

Want to know what the joke was? Want to use one to get publicity for your act? The Irish Independent will not dignify it with a mention. But on the paper’s message boards, we learn:

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Posted: 6th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (175)


Madeleine McCann: Holidays, Médecins Sans Frontières And Media Wars

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DAILY MAIL (front page): “McCanns first holiday since Maddie vanished”

This is the first time the story has featured on a tabloid front page since May 11.

The parents of Madeleine McCann are to take their first holiday since her disappearance 13 months ago. Gerry and Kate McCann, both 40, refused to say where they were going. But they confirmed it would not be Portugal.

Any more facts in this story, now 14-months old?

The McCanns are “both doctors”. Indeed.

Says McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: ‘It will be incredibly painful to contemplate going away without Madeleine, but this is the reality they are faced with. Nothing has been booked yet. But one thing’s certain – they won’t be going to Portugal.”

Although it might be ruse, and tabloid editors looking to detail staff to cover the McCanns’ trip should not discount any resort just yet.

DAILY TELEGRAPH (Aus): “Parents of missing Madeleine McCann to go on first holiday.”

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Posted: 5th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (547)


Madeleine McCann: Lad’s Mag Fodder

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Update on today’s other Maddy News….

LOADED magazine: Kate McCann features in a feature called “IS IT JUST US?”

Having decided that cellar hunter Lorraine Kelly and GMYT weather girl Clair Nasir offer a “heaving cleavage” and “cheap thrill”, respectively, the magazine for lads who can’t access porn:

Kate McCann – Sensitive one this, but there’s nothing more erotic to some than a pained woman in need of good lovin’

A spot on GMTV – and a stain on Loaded’s sheets – is Kate McCann’s…

Posted: 4th, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (348)


Madeleine McCann: Blame It On Portugal And Announcing A Holiday

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DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann’s family to go on holiday a year after disappearance”

Somewhere nice?

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “It will be incredibly painful to contemplate going away without Madeleine but this is the reality they are faced with.

“Nothing has been booked yet, but one thing’s certain – they won’t be going to Portugal.”

Obviously. Well, who would?

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Posted: 4th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (199)


Madeleine McCann: Time Out

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TIME OUT: A review of Gone Baby Gone, an average made-for-TV-style film which hinges on its star turn – no, not Ben Affleck, Madeleine McCann:

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Posted: 3rd, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (381)


Madeleine McCann: Tommy Tiernan’s Material And Leeds Business Week

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DAILY MIRROR: “McCANN POLICE ARE GUILTY OF CRUELTY”

The Portuguese police are guilty of cruelty? Hunter becomes hunted:

Kate and Gerry McCann could still face charges of neglect, according to the first published court ruling on the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Official documents in Portugal show that the police there have not yet ruled out bringing such charges. This hardly feels like a positive step in either finding Madeleine, or discovering what happened to her.

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “Catty and Batty it sure is a funny old game for Tommy”

FOOTBALL can be a funny old game, especially when it’s played by a bunch of madcap comedians from around the world.

Comedy is funny old game – geddit?

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Posted: 2nd, June 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (632)


Madeleine McCann: Every Directors Worst Nightmare

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THE GUARDIAN: Ben Affleck has a movie out and thanks to the case of Madeleine McCann it’s getting lots and lots of press.

Breaking news broke my movie – What scuppered the chances of Ben Affleck’s latest film? This time he can’t blame the critics, says Andrea Hubert. Events in Portugal on the other hand…

It’s the twist of fate that every director fears most: you spend endless meetings fine-tuning the script, months sweating on a Hollywood lot, run it by the test screenings – and then, just as you’re ready to serve up your latest cinematic masterpiece, real life pulls the rug out from beneath your feet.

It’s every director’s worst nightmare. But Affleck’s film is a work of fiction and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is raw reality…

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Posted: 31st, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (668)


Madeleine McCann: Tabloid Justice For Kate And Gerry McCann

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You want justice?

SOUTH SHIELDS GAZETTE: “Should the McCann’s face child neglect charges? – Today’s Web Vote”

In Today’s web vote we’re asking:

Are Portuguese police right to consider charging the McCann’s [sic] with child neglect?

Read the full story here before deciding which way to vote in out poll.

Yes? No?

Only two options – but investigative journalism needs to begin somewhere…

Posted: 30th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (417)


Madeleine McCann: Jasper Gerard – What I Did On My Holidays

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PRIVATE Eye reports that Telegraph columnist Jasper Gerard – a sometime sports writer who surely needs billing as ‘Jaspie G’ – marked the first anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance by travelling to Portugal with his wife and two children.

He also, allegedly, took along a security guard for baby minding duties.

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Posted: 29th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (349)


Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann’s Phone Records, Neglect And Abduction

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DAILY MIRROR: “McCANNS IN FURY AFTER 14 TXTS SLUR – Cops demand Gerry’s phone records”

Gerry McCann reacted angrily yesterday to claims he received a string of mystery texts the day before his daughter vanished. Police applied to Portugal’s supreme court to seize his phone records after learning of the alleged messages.

They claim Gerry was sent 10 texts from an unknown number 24 hours before Madeleine disappeared.

Claim. Claim. Alleged. Now we’re getting somewhere.

THE TIMES: “Madeleine McCann’s parents investigated for neglect”

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Posted: 29th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (158)


Madeleine McCann: No Portugal Return, Maddy TV And Paris Hilton

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No front–page coverage of Madeleine McCann today, folks. But she remains a regular feature of the UK press, like horoscopes, the TV guide or Victoria Beckham’s skin.DAILY MIRROR: “Tapas 7: We won’t go back”

It’s the Mirror’s “MADELEINE EXCLUSIVE”. The news is – as Anorak reported last night – that the Tapas Seven (surely the Sangria 7? –Ed) will not be returning to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine went missing.

A source says: “They were asked informally to return, then asked again in an official letter last week. After some consideration they decided not to go back. They were concerned it would not be televised, and were bemused as to why it was happening so long after Madeleine disappeared.”

And who would play Madeleine? Her? Her? What about “Look Into My Eyes”, a TV talent show search for a Madeleine fronted by Trevor McDonald and GMTV?

Remember Kelsey: “Mummy, I could play Madeleine. I look just like her’”?

THE SUN: “No re-run for Maddie cops”

What does Lorraine Kelly think? It was she who said:

How could someone put their infant child forward as a Madeleine lookalike with the idea of making money? The child obviously has to be around the same age as Madeleine.

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Posted: 28th, May 2008 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (500)


No Madeleine McCann Reconstruction

SKY News reports that plans for a reconstruction of the night Madeleine McCann disappeared has been called off.

It sems that several members of the Tapas Seven/Nine were not able to attend.

Kate and Gerry McCann had already decided not to return to Portugal for event…

Posted: 27th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (38)


Madeleine McCann: Bobby Hands, Cannes And A Hunger For Publicity

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THE GUARDIAN: Cannes 2008: The final wordBobby Sands – The Movie. Grab the nachos and sit back:

As Leslie Felperin, the excellent reviewer for Variety magazine remarked to me: the newspaper-reading public can’t be persuaded to react in the same way: they care about Madeleine McCann in a serious mood, or in a non-serious mood, they care about Sir Alan Sugar or Simon Cowell. The idea of actually caring about a violent arthouse film investigating the life of Bobby Sands is a very tall order indeed.

Fact and fiction – the story of Madeleine McCann

Posted: 27th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (562)


Find Madeleine McCann On Facebook

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SAY the McCanns: “We strongly support and encourage this new initiative to use Facebook to increase awareness of missing children.”

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you will know that children go missing.

Although not if you’re watching the TV news of reading the newspapers because Madeleine McCann is no longer in the mass media.

But the campaign has not been in vain. She is on a press release.

And the better news is that no children have gone missing in the past few weeks. We look through the mainstream press every day. It’s a fact. But what of life on the internet?

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Posted: 25th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Online-PR | Comments (1,240)


Madeleine McCann: Josef Fritzl, Ben Affleck And TV Child Abuse

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DAILY MAIL: “Ben Affleck has something to shout about –

Romancer of J-Lo, husband of Jennifer Garner, beefcake specialist of Hollywood blockbusters… and director of sensitively handled film echoing the Madeleine McCann case. Ben Affleck is all these…

And maybe not even in that order. As Affleck said in Pearl Harbor: “Not anxious to die sir, just anxious to matter.”

Ben Affleck’s first film as a director, Gone Baby Gone, a harrowing tale of child abduction, received rave reviews when it came out in the US last year, but its release in Britain was postponed because of chilling parallels with the Madeleine McCann story – and the young lead actress’s strong resemblance to the missing British girl. Now, more than a year since Madeleine’s disappearance, the film is finally about to be released here.

And Affleck has views, too. Having had his film – a work of fiction – compared with the disappearance of a real child, Affleck enjoins the Mail in a game of Tabloid Bingo.

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Posted: 23rd, May 2008 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (881)


Madeleine McCann: Press Complaints, Tony Parsons And No News

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Madeleine McCann is missing…from the papers.

There’s no sign of the child whose name and face are linked to every hack’s keyboard (press f9).

But Madeleine is mentioned in the Press Complaints Commission: Annual Report for 2007.

In 2007, the PCC received 4,340 complaints in total, a 70 per cent increase on the 1996 figure. One column alone in The Mirror about Madeleine McCann attracted 485 complaints.

Might these complaints have been triggered by the Mirror’s mawkish positioning of a yellow ribbon in its cover, which has now gone the way of its WMD counter?

More likely it’s the October 29, 2007 article by Tony Parsons. In “Oh, up yours, Senor”, Parsons invited the Portuguese ambassador to “shut your stupid sardine-munching mouth”. We should not be too hard on Parsons who has experienced the sting of having a child go missing when his own daughter dispapeared from view for, well, it felt like seconds.  

My wife and my daughter were in the school changing room packing up the tutu after ballet. I was waiting right outside, kicking around a ball with the kid brother of one of my daughter’s friends. Eventually my wife came out alone. ‘Where is she?’ my wife asked. ‘Isn’t she with you?’ I said. And that’s how it happens.”

Parsons’ child was found in a classroom. She was “chilling out”.

Incidentally, in 2001 the Mirror’s travel writers told readers: “If your image of Portugal is sardines, golf courses and Benfica football club, then it’s time you paid the place another visit.”

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Posted: 22nd, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (348)


Madeleine McCann: Kevin Doyle Plays A Blinder, Chris Ayres’ Maddy Paddy And Brain Surgery

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IRISH INDEPENDENT: “FAI eloquent on Madeleine”

KEVIN DOYLE seemed somewhat surprised the other day when he was informed that the Irish team’s Estrela da Luz base was just five minutes away from where Madeleine McCann went missing last year.

Kevin Doyle is a footballer with the Eire team. He’s at a press conference.

That Doyle had to take a question on the topic was somewhat bizarre, but then such is the demand of news desks — given that Maddie stories still sell — then it was perhaps inevitable. What was more bizarre, however, was an FAI press officer following up unprompted with quite an eloquent comment about the tragedy, before quickly stating that it was from Giovanni Trapattoni who seemingly was scheduled to be asked about the issue as well.

Eveyone should comment on Madeleine McCann. What they say determines how we perceive them. The boy done good.

Doyle said he was going to take a stroll to the church where the McCanns famously prayed in the days after their daughter disappeared, and some other players have been spotted strolling around the area.

A pilgrimage? A quick scout for women? A warm down after training?

THE TIMES: “The babysitter from cyberspace”

Chris Ayres’ LA Notebook: “imagine the terror at leaving my child in the care of an internet nanny”.

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Posted: 20th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (739)