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.
MADELEINE McCANN: Pat Brown, a “criminal profiler” in America, has issued a press release stating that she has sent a Cease-and-Desist Letter to Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of the missing child. The letter ends:
We request that the claim of libel be retracted for the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the book permitted to be returned for sale at Amazon.
Any press release is, as it says, intended for the press. It is PR. It is designed to draw attention to the subject, in this case Pat Brown.
She wrote a book called “Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.
It’s appears to be for sale on the Barnes & Noble website. But you cannot read it on Amazon. Pat Brown tweeted:
”I have indeed been Carter-Rucked. Amazon has pulled my book because the McCanns claim it is defamatory.”
MADELEINE McCann: Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter of the Daily Telegraph, has news on Kate McCann, Gerry McCann, Tony Bennett and the Madeleine Foundation:
For almost five years, Kate and Gerry McCann have suffered the anguish of not knowing what happened to their daughter Madeleine. Through it all, they have also had to contend with a sustained campaign of harassment conducted by a small band of fanatics convinced they had a hand in their daughter’s disappearance.
Now, one of their main tormentors is facing jail for refusing to leave the McCanns’ alone.
Tony Bennett has waged a campaign since 2007 against the couple – repeatedly accusing them of covering up the girl’s death in leaflets, books and on internet postings. On one occasion, the Madeleine Foundation, which he runs, handed out 1,500 pamphlets in Rothley, the couple’s home village in Leicestershire, entitled “10 key reasons which suggest she was not abducted.”
MADELEINE McCann’s legacy is now known:
““It’s possible,” Fogarty wrote, “that this British term has gained footing in the American media because of the high-profile disappearance of British girl Madeline McCann in May 2007. The McCann story received wall-to-wall news coverage for weeks, and this is just speculation, but it may be that the constant reporting by British journalists about how the girl “went missing” subtly influenced American reporters to adopt the term.“
RICHARD Desmond has taken the stand at the Leveson Inquiry – and the main topic of his Q and A was Madeleine McCann. Before him was Peter Hill, former editor of the Daily Express, “who was in charge during the disappearance of Madeleine McCann“, notes the Telegraph. Our Maddie now defines journalists’ careers.
* Hill says the vanishing of Madeleine McCann was the biggest story event he had seen in 50 years.
* “It was not a story that you could ignore and you simply had to cover it as best as possible.”
* “I did not accuse them of killing their child.”
* ”The story that I ran were the people that did accuse them and those were the Portuguese police.”
* “It was nothing to do with an obsession, it was more to do with a method of working”.
* “There was an enormous clamour for information and I felt this story was something which should keep running.”
Richard Desmond owner of Express Newspapers, OK!, New and Star magazines.
* “Every paper was doing the same thing, which is why every paper or most papers paid money to the McCanns. Only we were scapegoated by the ex-chairman of the PCC”
* He says Peter Hill, then his editor at the Express, was vilified for “printing the facts” about the McCann case.
Telegraph live blog (Andy Bloxham):
To summarise, Desmond has just claimed that the McCanns must have been happy about coverage in the Daily Express because they did not complain for weeks, then only decided to sue when they got a new team of lawyers. He says the McCanns were happy to have the articles printed about Maddie but says that it was only when “new lawyers” came along that the situation changed, “that’s a fact”. Jay is angrier than I’ve seen him appear in saying his claims are outrageous that the McCanns weren’t upset by the coverage.
Robert Jay QC: “Your newspaper had accused them of killing their daughter. Are you seriously saying they were ‘quite happy’?”
Court 73 turns into a maths lesson as Desmond works out that of 102 articles on McCanns only 38 were ‘bad ones’ ie defamatory #leveson
* Desmond: “On your figure, we ran 102 articles for four months, nothing happened until a new firm of lawyers – who were on contingency – then came in to sue us.”
* Desmond: “Once again I do apologise. I am very sorry that we got it wrong … every paper was doing the same thing, which is why every paper paid money to the McCanns. But only we were scapegoated by the PCC.”
* Desmond tries to justify his papers’ McCanns coverage because he says there was different points of view about what might have happened. ”There has been speculation that Diana was killed by the royal family,” he says. The speculation has gone on and on. I don’t know the answer. I apologise again to the McCanns etc etc etc, but there are views about the McCanns and what happened,” he adds.
* Leveson: “…there is no comparison between Madeleine McCann and Diana. In the case of Diana we have a dead body.”
* Jay points out that the logic of that argument is that the paper could write anything it liked. Desmond says he’s not advocating that.
* Desmond apologises to the McCanns over his papers’ coverage.
* “I don’t wish to minimise it … and I’m not trying to win points here, but if there were 102 articles on the McCanns, and 38 bad ones … you could argue there were 68 or 70 good ones.”
* Desmond emphasises again that he isn’t wishing to play down the effect of the bad stories.
* Desmond: “Every paper, every day, for that amount of time, was talking about that story. Poor old Peter Hill … I remember calling him that night, I spoke to him for about two hours, because he’d done it to the best ability, reported the facts. Unfortunately, it was fair to assume that the Portuguese police were a reliable source.”
* Desmond says he didn’t think the stories boosted circulation.
Desmond: “With respect to journalists, (putting money and DVD giveaways on the front cover) is the only way you increase circulation”
* Jay accuses Desmond of making a “grotesque characterisation” of the McCanns, as he says it took a long time for the family to get involved in legal dispute with the press.
* Desmond says: “Everybody was interested in the McCanns, and everybody had a view on the McCanns”.
* He adds newspaper editors “have to believe” that circulation goes up with big stories, countering Peter Hill’s claims about boosts when running stories on the McCanns.
* He tells Leveson: “This inquiry is probably the worst thing that’s happened to newspapers in my lifetime”.
Steven Baxter hears Whittow say:
“We ran the story because it was a huge story, it was the only story”
Whittow is then asked why the Express withdraw from the PCC:
“Because of the McCanns I think that was a huge problem for us and I think they should have intervened … no one was intervening at all. Everybody had too much leeway, it just went on and on. I don’t blame the PCC. I just think in hindsight they might have been able to intervene and perhaps this will reflect in the body that you set up.”
Like every newspaper, the Daily Express leads with news that two racist killers – Gary Dobson and David Norris -have been founds guilty to murdering Stephen Lawrence. But while many wonder which of nine other suspects and police will follow Dobson and Norris into the Old Bailey dock, the Express reports:
SCIENTIFIC advances used in the Stephen Lawrence case could solve the mysteries of Madeleine McCann and Jill Dando.
Madeleine McCann went missing. We do not know what happened to her. Jill Dando was murdered.
Forensic experts working on the racist murder devised new techniques to discover microscopic clues that convicted two of the killers. Now Scotland Yard hopes the same revolutionary approach could help find the truth behind the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine in 2007 and the killing of BBC Crimewatch presenter Miss Dando in 1999.
TO Thailand, where Madeleine McCann has been spotted in the Koh Tao Bible.
Madeleine McCann is now the benchmark of daughters in the Far East…
OUR Maddie: Anorak’s at –a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news: after the gypsies are defamed it’s time to get the Arabs again:
Sunday Express: “MADELEINE: SECRET FILES REVEAL FOUR ‘SIGHTINGS’ IN MOROCCO”
James Murray writes:
Today the Sunday Express can reveal that among the Spanish private detective agency’s secret files are key “sightings” of Madeleine in Morocco.
Why would the files be secret? If every stone is being turned over to look for the child, why would any sighting remain a secret? Is it so that the kidnappers aren’t panicked, as Gerry McCann said they might have been when the Daily Mail spotted Our Maddie in India?
It’s Metodo 3, of course, the private detective agency that never found the innocent child, nor provided any firm evidence of what happened to her. The firm’s Francisco Marco Fernandez says of handing over 30 boxes of stuff to the Met:
“I think this could be a significant moment in the effort to discover what happened to the child. I am very glad all our leads will now be looked at by the Yard because they are important.”
OUR Maddie: Anorak’s look at Madeleine McCann in the news: when News of The World “hush money” becomes a donation.
THE dread News of The World paid £125,000 to Madeline McCann fun. The money was made as part of the paper’s apology for publishing Kate McCann’s private diaries without her permission.
The Guardian says the money was paid “on condition that the terms of the deal remained secret”. A confidentiality agreement was signed in September 2008.
Last week, however, the NoW’s last editor Colin Myler, told the Leveson Inquiry that it was his belief the McCanns had okayed the paper’s use of the diary. The Guardian says the McCanns deny the claim.
Daily Star: “MADELEINE MCCANN: COPS’ 8 NEW TIPS”
BRITISH police hunting for Madeleine McCann were last night examining up to eight “important” leads after meeting private eyes.
We know this, how?
Four detectives visited the Spanish HQ of the Metodo 3 investigation agency, which spent six months working for parents Kate and Gerry. The Brit officers, from a 30-strong Metropolitan Police team carrying out a review of the case, took away around 30 boxes of documents.
The agency’s director Francisco Marco told a Spanish TV show [The Ana Rosa Programme]: “I think there are six, seven or eight very important leads in there. They were passed at the time to Portuguese police who ignored them because it was a very politicised issue.
“They didn’t want to look into anything that didn’t come from their own sources because of Portuguese chauvinism. We were never allowed to do a proper job. Scotland Yard can now continue with all the work we did inside and outside of Portugal.”
MADELEINE McCann: The McCanns’ libel case against Goncalo Amaral – Sky calls him “the Portuguese police officer who bungled the hunt for missing Madeleine” – will take place in Lisbon on February 9 and 10.
The 52-year-old former detective has made a fortune selling a book and TV documentary claiming the young British girl is dead – and wrongly claiming her parents staged a cover-up.
The McCanns says Mr Amaral is “self-obsessed“. Is is fairly treated by the British media?
The McCanns have always strongly denied his allegation and in a 36-page writ lodged in June 2009, they accuse Mr Amaral of libel and breaching their human rights.
Viscount Rothermere, the controlling shareholder of the Daily Mail, says he is “very deeply sympathetic to everything the McCanns have gone through“. However, he but that he stood by Paul Dacre, the Daily Mail editor-in-chief’s coverage of the missing child.
“My paper writes about many things that give me personal cause for concern but I feel it’s my duty to allow editors the job to edit.
“If I picked up the phone every single time I disagreed with an article then I would make their job a lot harder to do. I rely on the processes within the organisation and their obeyance of them in order to run a professional outfit…
“I had personal concerns, yes. I think what the McCanns went through was very difficult for them but I did not bring up the issue with Paul Dacre, if that answers your question.”
The Sun’s front-page headlines screams:
“New move over kidnap – MADDIE COPS JET TO BARCELONA”
So. There is proof that Madeleine McCann was kidnapped?
No. Not yet.
Cynics might suppose the Sun’s headline is prompted less by actual news, of which there is little, and more on the paper’s need to look caring and loveable. The Sun, after all, is sister organ to the News of the World, now defunct, which published Kate McCanns’s diary without her permission.The NoTW apologised, but at the Leveson Inquiry into media standards Kate McCann spoke of the pain it caused her. She then sold the rights to her book to the Sun.
Justin Davenport writes in the Evening Standard:
Homicide officers have met Spanish colleagues in Barcelona in the last two weeks to hold talks over her disappearance.
Police are believed to be discussing reports that Madeleine may have been abducted and smuggled across the border to Spain.
Kate and Gerry McCann has issued a statement on the Metropolitan Police:
“We are pleased that the review is making progress.”
KATE McCann, mother of missing child Madeleine McCann, has been telling the Leveson Inquiry into media standards about being on the wrong end of a voracious feeing frenzy. She suffered at the hands of the media. The media tide turned against she and her husband Gerry McCann. The McCanns have been the victims of repeating baseless claims against them.
The Times reports:
Describing how she felt when she realised the diary had been printed, Mrs McCann, 43, said: “I felt totally violated. I’d written these words at the most desperate time of my life. There was absolutely no respect shown for me as a grieving mother or a human being or to my daughter. It made me feel very vulnerable and small. I just couldn’t believe it. I just recently read through my diary entries at that point in that week, and I talk about climbing into a hole and not coming out because I just felt so worthless that we had been treated like that.”
Mr McCann, also 43, said that his wife felt “mentally raped” by theNoW’s publication of the journal under the headline Kate’s diary: in her own words. He called for an investigation into the publication of the diary.
MADELEINE McCann: Kate and Gerry McCann has been addressing the Leveson Inquiry into media standards.
It’s front page news:
“Days of dignity for the McCanns”- Telegraph
“Lives are being harmed by these stories, says McCanns” – Guardian
“I was violated by the press says Kate McCann”- Times
“Tortured by the tabloids”- Indy
Kate McCann says he felt “totally violated” when the News of the World published excerpts from a private diary.
Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007. He case continues to make headline news.
Gerry McCann also spoke. He noted how the coverage turned from helpful to their search for their daughter to being negative against them.
THE LEVESON Inquiry into press standards and phone hacking is underway. And because the media loves nothing more than reporting on the media, the thing will get lots of airtime. And Kate McCann is in the news.
The Daily Telegraph records her words under the headline:
Leveson Inquiry: Kate McCann felt ‘mentally raped’ when diary published
Families of missing people are offered more support
Leaflets containing information for UK families of those who go missing are being published following criticism by the mother of Madeleine McCann.
Some good has come of the her daughter’s vanishing.
In the summer the first Parliamentary inquiry into the issue was told by Kate McCann there was a “complete gap” in help for those affected. The National Policing Improvement Agency has responded by publishing factsheets giving practical advice.
As we know, the title “Maddie perv” is a movable one. Today’s “Maddie perv” is spotted by Gordon Tait:
Maddie perv freed… because he’s disabled
A TWISTED paedophile who trawled the web for footage of child rape and “Maddie porn” has avoided jail — because he is disabled.
The Shrophsire Star reports on the search for missing Ben Needham:
Long before the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese holiday apartment in 2007 rocked the world and its media, Sheffield-born baby Ben Needham disappeared from the Greek island of Kos.
It did not. The world never reacted to Ben Needham. Greece barely did. In the pre-rolling news age, even the British press were late in picking up the story.
But the blond youngster’s angelic face is nowhere near as well known as that of Madeleine’s.
Because when an innocent child goes missing, his or her looks matter.
But it’s not a comparison Ben’s mother Kerry likes to dwell on, as she revealed during last night’s Tonight programme special that examined her young son’s disappearance. In 1991, while expat Kerry worked in a nearby hotel, 21-month-old Ben went missing from the garden of a farm house her parents were rennovating. They were inside the house at the time but when they came outside to check on Ben, he was gone. He has not been seen since.
“I try not to compare Ben’s case to that of Madeleine McCann’s but I look at the help the family has had from the British investigation and yes, I do want the same,” a visibly exhausted Kerry reveals to the cameras.
MADELEINE McCann: The Sun’s target A Troll campaign to name and shame anonymous web commentators focuses once more on Jack Tims.
Tims created a Facebook page “mocking the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.
The 17-year-old’s page was called:
“If I Get 1 million Likes I’ll Let Maddie Go.”
Australia’s Northern Territories News reports:
A TOP End middle school student has been labelled a “lazy housewife” for her continued support of missing British girl Madeleine McCann.
One blogger posted: “Each time I write out her name, I think of the Joan Collins character in Dynasty. And before you get your pantaloons in a twist, Ms Osteoporosis, I mean that your name goes on and on for ever – not that you’ve had 20 husbands – indeed, not that I imagine you spend enough time away from your laptop to have ONE husband.”
Daily Star: “GERRY MCCANN UNDESTANDS [sic] WHY PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES”
GERRY McCann has revealed how during his darkest days he began to understand why people took their own lives. The doting dad has been to hell and back since his daughter Madeleine vanished on holiday in Portugal… The couple travelled to Germany last week in a bid to spark new information from German tourists in Portugal at the time…
In one interview Gerry said he and Kate had been put under “incredible psychological pressure” and had been asked to admit hiding Madeleine’s body.
He said: ‘We were in front of the world, portrayed as being guilty. That was certainly the worst moment after we discovered that Madeleine had disappeared.
“This tactic is used, not only in Portugal, there are such cases in the UK. But everybody who uses this tactic and participates has to be clear they can destroy lives.
I can now understand why people admit to things they haven’t done. I can understand why people kill themselves after such an experience.”
The Star makes no mention of trial by media.
The Met launched a review of the original investigation in May after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Daily Express (front page): “MADELINE – 30 Police In New Hunt”
David Pilditch and Tracey Kandohla report:
A NEW investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was under way last night after senior Scotland Yard detectives flew to Portugal. Officers from a 30-strong squad specially set up to revive the search for Madeleine McCann, who vanished four years ago, met Portuguese authorities for the first time…
MADELEINE McCann: Martin Brunt has news of the investigation into the disappearance of Our Maddie.
Scotland Yard detectives are in Portugual.
I can’t imagine they were given a warm welcome by their Portuguese colleagues whose work (failure to solve the mystery) the Met team is reviewing. Still, it’s a step in the right direction and officially the two groups met “with very good co-operation and liaison will continue.”
There are 30 Met officers – the equivalent of a murder squad – working on the review and I’m told that a senior officer is having to give regular spending updates to the Home Office which is funding an operation that will cost several millions and last many months.