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Madeleine McCann: Holidays, Médecins Sans Frontières And Media Wars

by | 5th, June 2008

mccanns6.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

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.”

Mr Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry have always felt that they did not want to have a holiday under the circumstances, but clearly at some point, as much for the twins as for themselves, they may choose to have a break.”

And – with no hint of irony: “That decision, however, will remain entirely private.”

THE GUARDIAN: “Facebook information should be regulated, survey says”

Currently each of the major social networking sites operates under its own set of terms and conditions. However, 89% of those surveyed by the Press Complaints Commission said there should be a set of widely accepted rules to help prevent personal information – such as private photographs – being abused.

And who would police social networks. Any guesses? Any how can it all be linked to Madeleine McCann. Read on…

Suggestions that the PCC would be the best body to oversee a social networking code of conduct are likely to cause controversy, particularly since it has been accused of caving in to the interests of the newspaper industry. It recently came in for criticism for retaining Daily Express editor Peter Hill as a board member, despite his newspaper being forced to pay £560,000 to the family of Madeleine McCann over a series of false allegations. Hill finally left the commission in May.

So reports the unpartisan Guardian, er, newspaper…

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