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Post  Panda on Sun 18 Dec - 19:14

I just came across this while looking for something else. I"s dated 23.11.11 published by Journal 1E.....quite interesting. McCanns say newspapers ‘made up’ stories about Madeleine

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Gerry and Kate McCann arriving to give evidence at the Leveson inquiry today.

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THE
PARENTS of missing child Madeleine McCann have spoken of being
frightened by photographers while driving with their young children and
of how they found press coverage of their daughter’s disappearance moved
from fact to supposition.
Addressing the Leveson inquiry on media
ethics today, Gerry McCann said that he did not believe their phones
were hacked, but that newspapers had simply “made up” stories they
published about the investigation and the family.
McCann said that
the couple had involved the media soon after her disappearance in the
belief it “would be in the best interests of the search for our
daughter”.
“We soon realised there was a huge amount of speculation in the news coverage… and we found that to be unhelpful.”
The
couple said they felt they had to take legal proceedings over the
intensity and consistency of unfounded allegations against them
regarding the disappearance of their daughter. He said that after they
were successful in their action against the Express Group, there was a
notable sea-change in the way the Daily Express covered them, adding
that he wished they had taken action earlier.
Gerry McCann said
that the Portugeuse police system of dealing with the press is very
different to that in the UK, where police know what information they can
release and how to deal with journalists. Police in Portugal are
prohibited from speaking to the media.
“No respect”
His
wife Kate described incidents in which she would be driving with the
couple’s young twins and photographers would jump out from behind a
hedge or bang on the car windows with their lenses in an effort to get,
she supposed, images of her looking frightened or fragile. She also
described discovering that the News of the World had published excerpts
from her own diary without her knowledge.
“There was absolutely no respect for me as a grieving mother or as a human being, or for my daughter Madeleine,” she said.
She
said Portuguese police had taken clothing from the family as well as
her diaries, but that they had been returned to her later on the order
of a Portuguese judge. They only discovered that the judge had said the
police should not have taken it when the police files were released the
following summer.
The couple also said that the media had helped
them with their appeal and outlined how they decided to grant News
International permission to serialise their book after it pledged to
back their lobby for a review of Madeleine’s case.
“Ultimately
where the media have helped is galvanising the public and having them
engage with us and Madeleine,” Gerry McCann said, adding that News
Intl’s support for their petition “tipped the balance” in securing a
review.

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Re: McCanns say newspapers "made up " stories about Madeleine

Post  Panda on Sun 18 Dec - 19:18

In other words, Murdoch had a word in Cameron"s ear.

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Post  Guest on Sun 18 Dec - 19:24

Drat, I thought this was going to be a food related Thread ...............

Nice baps, stotties!

On a serious note, it is perhaps to be expected that the master of fiction should be able to spot competition.

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Post  Panda on Sun 18 Dec - 19:41

The End Is Nigh wrote:Drat, I thought this was going to be a food related Thread ...............

Nice baps, stotties!

On a serious note, it is perhaps to be expected that the master of fiction should be able to spot competition.



Have you spotted the porky pies yet.

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Post  interested on Sun 18 Dec - 19:41

Why am I reminded of the pot and the kettle?

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Post  almostgothic on Sun 18 Dec - 19:50

interested wrote:Why am I reminded of the pot and the kettle?

Well if we're going to have stotties and porky pies we may as well have a cuppa to go with them.

But yes, I see what you mean, and it's all down to McCann hypocrisy resulting from no sense of irony and a complete lack of self-awareness on their part.

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Post  Panda on Sun 18 Dec - 20:07

THE
PARENTS of missing child Madeleine McCann have spoken of being
frightened by photographers while driving with their young children and
of how they found press coverage of their daughter’s disappearance moved
from fact to supposition."

Kate says in her Diary that they did photoshoots while in PDL for the Press, not once, since their return to the U.K. have any photos been taken of the twins until the recent one The only photos taken of the McCanns have been when they ASK the Press to take them,except of
course the one of them laughing in Amsterdam suddenly whoosh clunked.

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Post  Loopdaloop on Mon 19 Dec - 0:39

Panda wrote:THE
PARENTS of missing child Madeleine McCann have spoken of being
frightened by photographers while driving with their young children and
of how they found press coverage of their daughter’s disappearance moved
from fact to supposition."

I knew it would only be time before Kate compared herself to Princess Di.

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Re: McCanns say newspapers "made up " stories about Madeleine

Post  mariang on Mon 19 Dec - 4:29

Isnt it a little telling AGAIN the words 'grieving' used.......does anyone grieve for someone who they think hasnt actually died????

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Re: McCanns say newspapers "made up " stories about Madeleine

Post  LJC on Tue 20 Dec - 23:03

The couple had involved the media soon after her disappearance in the
belief it “would be in the best interests of the search for our
daughter”.
“We soon realised there was a huge amount of speculation in the news coverage… and we found that to be unhelpful.”

Well, there you go, they were advised by the police not to get the press too involved, not to highlight Madeleine's eye defect, that it might mean a death sentence for Madeleine if they persisted in courting the press, but they ignored this advice. Then, when there is speculation brought about because of the blabbing they did about a man with no face walking with a child covered in a blanket, or not, walking first one way and then the other, then they complain about such speculation.

Newspapers are only complained of when the story is not in your favour. I doubt they would have minded all the press banging on their car windows and snapping away with their cameras, if they were writing words which the McCanns agreed with.

The McCanns have used the word naive on more than one occasion. First they said they were naive to leave the children alone whilst they went out, they said they were naive to think the resort was safe, then they say they are naive about the press.

How can two such intelligent professionals keep playing the naivety card? Naive means immature, green, inexperienced. Naive does not describe the McCanns at all imo. Cunning would be a more apt word for them in fact.

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Post  Panda on Tue 20 Dec - 23:30

Hi LJC, the McCanns knew exactly what they were doing , wasn"t it part of Gerry"s "wider agenda"? I don"t think there has ever been a case where
so much PR spin has been used. Why do the McCanns still retain Clarence Mitchell after 4 years who has proved invaluable in getting all the positive
publicity about his clients, yet spend peanuts on employing bona fide Agencies experienced in finding missing Persons.?

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