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Madeleine McCann: An Apology For Journalism, Desmond’s Reputation And Greenslade Scores

by | 16th, October 2008

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


The Sangria Seven, surely. Or the Tapas 9 (what happened to them?). But what of this latest apology? Ahem..:

In articles published in September and November last year we suggested that the holiday companions of Kate and Gerry McCann might have covered up the true facts concerning Madeleine McCann’s disappearance and/or misled the authorities investigating her disappearance.


We also suggested that the McCanns’ friends had been identified as potential suspects.


We now accept that these suggestions should never have been made and were completely untrue.

The Star is printed in Portuguese…

We apologise to Jane Tanner, Russell O’Brien, Fiona Payne, David Payne, Matthew Oldfield, Rachael Oldfield and Diane Webster to whom we have agreed to pay substantial damages which they will be donating to the Find Madeleine Fund.

Ah, yes, another donation. Well, at least the cash will keep the story going;, and the Express in news, and robots

TIMES: “Express group to pay McCann friends damages”

How much?

Friends of Madeleine McCann’s parents are expected to accept libel damages of £375,000 today.

Express Newspapers has previously paid damages of £550,000 to Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire. The group and other newspapers also paid more than £600,000 to Robert Murat, a former official suspect, and two other people.

Anorak broke that story. And what of the “other newspapers”, like the Times’ sister organs, the Sun and the News of the World. Why not mention them by name?

THE GUARDIAN: “Desmond’s papers back in court to apologise for more shoddy journalism”

It’s Roy Greenslade, fearless repeorting on bad jouslism. No, not the Maddy keywords. No, not the BNP adverts. The Express:

It is a further nail in the coffin of the reputation of the Daily Express and its pornographer owner, Richard Desmond.

Reputation? Does he care? And what fot Desmond’s newspapers? They might be full of bollocks, but people still read them, or at least they look at the pictures:

Guardian circulation: 348,878

Daily Express circualtion: 739,025

Daily Star circulation:  731,433

And you thought no-one read the Express

Madeleine McCann: A child is missing, still missing. After a year and half of reporting, there are no suspects. The press has uncovered not a single lead. And the parents continue to search for their daughter…

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