Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Praia da Luz Calls, Maddy Shunned And Portugal On The Edge

Madeleine McCann: Praia da Luz Calls, Maddy Shunned And Portugal On The Edge

by | 20th, December 2007

mccann-portrait.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

DAILY MAIL page 36: “Madeleine: Portuguese detectives trawl thousands of phone records”

Police are looking through phone records of Praia da Luz’a 27,000 residents at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance. They are looking for unusual call patterns. Bugging calls

A local resident of Praia da Luz says the police questioned her, saying: “We are investigating all calls made within Praia da Luz from 9.30pm onwards on May 3”
Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Any information could prove vital”

THE SUN page 15: “Maddie cops seize local phone bills”

“They are using a method of triangulation which pinpoints a person’s location via their mobile and are also checking land-line calls”

Can it work? Says the Sun: “Mobile phone evidence exposed holes in the alibi of Soham murderer Ian Huntley”. And that is similar to this case because..?

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADDY – Blitz to fined phone clues”


Well, not every call. Just calls made in the area of Praia da Luz by those 1,000 persons on a police list

DAILY EXPRESS page 19: “Now Madeleine police seize all phone records”

The papers says the search is in light of talk of a “massive conspiracy”. The Express is belived to be fond of a conspiracy

Says Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry are encouraged by this police work because it shows the investigation is now active and thorough…Crucially they also hope it may lead to them being reunited with Madeleine”


Or Madeleine, for that is her name

The name Madeleine is “now lower than at any time in the past five years”. It is now the 80th most popular name. Says a child psychologist called Ruth: “The majority of people who hear the name Madeleine automatically associate it with her”

What the top girl’s name is readers are not told, nor where Kate features. The Telegraph says it is “Grace”, as in Baby Grace

NEW YORK TIMES: “Portugal Polishes Its Image as the ‘West Coast of Europe’”
Portugal wants to reposition itself. Portugal is exciting, shiny, new and historical.

But: “The unsolved case remains a big story for the British tabloids, and there have been reports of declines in tourism from Britain, an important market for Portugal.

“Over all, though, tourism remains strong, Manuel Pinho, Portugal’s minister for the economy and innovation said. ‘This is a tragic case, of course, but it has not affected the numbers,’ he said. ‘It’s a very peaceful country, a very safe country’”

The demonising of Portugal and the case of Madeleine McCann

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