16 September 2009

MPT Considers Unacceptable the Judicial Suspension of Gonçalo Amaral's Book

The Earth Party Movement (MPT) today considered "an unacceptable restriction of rights, freedoms and guarantees" the judicial decision to suspend the sale of the book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' by Gonçalo Amaral on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"We are very concerned that under a court order, and we respect the decisions of the courts, there is a gag that is placed on a Portuguese citizen that prevents him from expressing himself, to speak. We think that this is an unacceptable restriction of the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens contemplated in the Portuguese Constitution", said to Lusa News agency the president of MPT - Partido da Terra, Pedro Quartin Graça.

The party leader this morning heard the arguments and claims of Gonçalo Amaral, a hearing requested by him, concerning the suspension by court order of the sale of his book about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"I requested a hearing to all political parties represented in the Parliament, including the political party I belong to [PSD], said Gonçalo Amaral who showed "a certain bitterness" because he has not yet been received by his own party and has not received a response from the other parties.

"I will wait for the next few days. We will not be silenced and we will not keep silenced on this situation about the freedom of expression and of having my rights limited", said Gonçalo Amaral.

The Lisbon Civil Court banned the sale of the book "Maddie, The Truth of The Lie" about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, authored by the former Judiciary Police Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, and ordered the withdrawal of all the available copies.


in Barlavento


27 comments:

  1. It is especially unbalanced as the McCanns and their media monitoring can discuss the book and it's contents to their hearts content, indeed have held press conferences on national t.v to do so. How is it that they too are not forbidden from discussion the contents of the book until the matter is decided? It is clearly disproportionate and in my opinion against the human rights of Goncalo Amaral. Are his rights less important to Portugal than those of a foreign couple who singly handedly have discredited Portugal at every opportunity?

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  2. I`m pleased to hear one political party can see sense. I hope the others follow suit and show their disdain for this outrageous ruling.

    I think what makes people so angry is that its common knowledge that if your child disappears, the parents are the prime suspects - surely the McCanns knew this. Most innocent people would accept this fact and assist the police in any way possible - they would have no worries if they were innocent. Its G. McCann`s utter control of the whole situation that automatically casts doubt on him. He was very clever to cause such chaos after the fact, dirtying the crime scene, getting the place swarming with people, deleting his texts, whipping up media and world sympathy - all helped to muddy the waters. Why were the PJ worried about `upsetting them`?

    If the other policital parties don`t support Goncalo, I would automatically assume that even more people are worried about `upsetting` G.McCann and I would seriously wonder why. Is he God or something?

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  3. Maybe Dr. Amaral should have a spokesman (or spokeswoman!), I can think of several great ones!

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  4. No maybe about it- of course Dr. Amaral should have the best PR people available, be setting the agenda and feeding the media with news. He has been poorly advised to leave the McCanns as the only active source of news items. Thus they have been able to sideline him at every opportunity. Take a look at the blogs and websites; all they are discussing is the latest idiot article put out by McCanns' spokesman.

    T4two

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  5. Gonçalo Amaral is still of the PSD?!And after that party, namelly the lider of the party, Manuela F. Leite prevented him from running for mayor of Olhão( I think it was Olhão, not sure here) with lame excuses of promiscuity between justice, law and politics, blablabla..., is he honestly still expecting any kind of support and solidarity from HIS party? I wouldn't hold my breath while waiting...he may support PSD but PSD won't support him on this matter, I'm afraid!
    The silence from the various parties on this is deafening, I bet that anyone in politics if challenged to discuss the matter will hide behind the principle of the separation of powers and independance of the justice system and of the courts and use it as an excuse to avoid voicing an opinion.

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  6. Achei importante que um partido político se manifestasse à cerca da proibição do tribunal em relação ao livro de G.A. Mas ficava mais descansada se a manifestação viesse de um partido com mais peso na Assembleia.
    Há um silêncio transversal a todas as classes em Portugal. Talvez por sermos um povo com incapacidade para dizermos o que pensamos sobre um assunto (especialmente um assunto quente como este). E também com uma enorme incapacidade para distinguir situações.
    Eu não aceito que a polícia espanque arguidos (repudio atitudes nazis porque senão não há diferença entre a polícia e os agressores) mas à semelhança do que aconteceu com os McCann, que também sairam livres do seu estatuto por não terem sido encontradas provas que sustentassem o seu envolvimento no desaparecimento da filha, não obstante o MP considerar que houve um homicídio, também aqui a justiça tem que ser imparcial. O julgamento, sobre os danos causados a Leonor Cipriano ainda estão em trânsito, e apesar de não terem sido identificados agressores, houve logo uma condenação à cabeça: a de Gonçalo Amaral. E agora parece que há outra: a de Gonçalo Amaral outra vez. Um caso complicado e difícil como o de Madeleine McCann não esgotou todas as linhas de investigação, antes foi dada preferência à sua amputação precoce. Posteriormente, o investigador escreve um livro, explora o dossier que conhece bem e é novamente condenado, desta vez até com prejuízo para os direitos estabelecidos na Constituição, como a liberdade de expressão que nos assiste a todos.
    E os pais da criança reclamam uma indemnização extraordinária por danos morais. Há algo aqui que não está bem. Aonde estão os pares de G.A., antigos colegas e superiores da PJ? Os mesmos que investigaram com ele este dossier, que partilharam as mesmas decisões e que chegaram às mesmas conclusões? Há algo de verdadeiramente errado neste processo que começou com muitas certezas e foi arquivado com muitas dúvidas.
    Alexandra

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  7. Resposta para Alexandra,
    Infelizmente, a nossa comunicação social não é toda unanime nas noticias. O Dr. Gonçalo Amaral foi absolvido no Tribunal de Evora, creio que só um jornal notciou.
    Quanto ao Partido em causa, quase ninguem o conhece, por isso se atrave a comentar a decisão do Tribunal!.
    É o País de temos e onde temos que viver. Felizmente há pessoas~(como nós) que vão reparando no que se passa nas entrelinhas.
    Força Dr. Amaral um dia a verdade virá ao de cima e cá estaremos para o saudar!.

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  8. It's a shame that the major political parties keep silent about this outrageous attempt to censor a voice - this is against our constitutution, as Joana as pointed out.
    I'll keep divulginging his book and his theory.
    Today I went to A STORE, and Amaral's books were still there for anyone to buy.

    Mr, & Mrs MCcann, should review their priorities about making money - I think that most of the Amaral's books profit has ended in CHARITY organiztion.


    LUZ

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  9. Por fin! A good news.At long last some people are taking sides and this is excellent.

    Dr. Amaral does not need a PR.
    HE can and will speak for himself.
    He just did it thus showing his strong will NOT to be gagged by some "New Age Media dictators" incarnated by 2 scum bags.....

    FORÇA GONÇALO!

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  10. The Bertrand book shop in Lisbon has a few copies of "A Verdade da Mentira" for sale. Looks like the injunction is not having the desired effect. Or maybe there is a silent quiet opposition to censorship in Portugal! I've seized the oportunity to buy 2 copies to send to Brasil. Who do the McCanns think they are? The truth cannot be silenced. Força, Doutor Gonçalo Amaral!

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  11. Iam having difficulty in understanding this gag order in connection with Mr. Amaral. Is their a precidence - has there ever been another book banned in Portugal under similar circumstances - as the result of a lawsuit against a citizen of Portugal by a citizen of another country?

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  12. I wonder when this ban on the books being sold is going to begin? I have just bought the German version, and the French version I bought a few months ago was still available on Amazon.fr last time I looked. The whole thing is completely baffling. You don't ban a book with loads of advance notice because everyone then just goes out and buys all the available copies. And why is Portugal kow-towing to this ghastly pair and their ludicrous spokesperson?

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  13. I hope Dr Amaral is reminding these people about the refusal by Kate McCann to answer over forty questions regarding the disappearance of her daughter.

    Any right thinking person should be alarmed by that, and the determination by the McCanns to put a gag on a book which is based on the facts and findings of an investigation as to what happened to their missing child.

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  14. Brilliant Idea, Mr Amaral should have a spokesman or spokeswoman, The Maccanns, have big mouth Clarence. thats it.

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  15. Thank God there seems to be someone amongst Portugese politicians prepared to oppose this outrageous clamp on free speech.

    Please - don't let the McCanns rule your country.

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  16. Hello everyone!
    Just i had this idea:
    Let's in Madeleine Mccann case we exchange countries(UK and Portugal) and consider the same thing happened to a portugese couple of 2 doctors with children passing holiday in UK. How the britain police could have treated this portugese couple? I think this portugese couple could have been in Jail in UK so longtime ago. And what will be the slogan of the British police after that arrest? Protecting children right and security!!! The portugese authorities really need a good thinking on this point raised here before they rush to ban the book of Gonzalo Amaral. The ban which is in breach of freedom of expressions of each portugese.
    The portugese authorities must act early to restitute to Gonzalo Amaral his rights as an author and freedom of expressions like each portugese. The more they will delay to restitute him his right the more this case will take a big smash on portugese authorities!!!

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  17. Judge Amelia should be sacked for either abuse of power or incompetence!

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  18. Anon said
    "Iam having difficulty in understanding this gag order in connection with Mr. Amaral. Is their a precidence - has there ever been another book banned in Portugal under similar circumstances - as the result of a lawsuit against a citizen of Portugal by a citizen of another country?"

    I have wondered this myself. Will Sr. Amaral`s book set a precedent? Or has a book ever been banned in Portugal before?

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  19. I`m also convinced that the Judge has been `got at`. Judges are supposed to be wise - most judges would have thrown this application out of court - it goes far too much against the constitution.
    This has to be a massive cover-up to hide some sort of curruption going on in the higher echelons of european society.

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  20. It appears the judge took the decision by listening to one side of the story - the McCann side.

    Is this normal? Is it not the case that two sides of the story should be told and then a decision made?

    The whole thing stinks to high heaven. You really do have to ask what the world it coming to.

    There clearly is a rule for one and a rule for another - if your face fits that is. The news today in the UK of Baroness Scotland clearly says it all. If anyone else had employed an illegal immigrant you can be sure they would have felt the full force of the law. Not Baroness Scotland though another Nu Labour twat. (and just to add to wrong comnments going around - she is not Scottish she takes her title from her surname).

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  21. We lived 48 years under the dictatorship of Salazar's fascist regime, during those years personal mail letters, music, literature, all kind of freedom of expression was censored - many intellectuals, artists or dissident voices fled from Portugal to other countries, the ones that were not as fortunate to run were arrested, tortured and silenced.

    In 25 of April 1974 there was a revolution in Portugal and democracy was re-established - one of the pillars of our democracy became the freedom of expression, a personal right so important that is even even explicitly written in several articles of our Constitution. You can read article [37º] which defends the right to freedom of expression on the header of the blog, it's very similar to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Answering your question since 25th of April of 1974 only one other book was not quite censored in the real meaning of the word but excluded from participating in the European Literary Award of 1992.

    That was a book from our Nobel writer José Saramago - "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" and the man who decided that, Souza Lara, the under-secretary of State for Culture, is still seen as a complete prepotent imbecile.

    As a result Saramago moved to Spain, in a protest against the Goverment of Cavaco Silva [PSD- right wing] and still lives there, in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

    However as I said his book was not censored, it was not forbidden to be read or to be sold, which is what is happening now to the book of Mr. Amaral.

    This does open up a very dangerous precedent and you can be sure that the general opinion is that this Judge Amélia Loupo exceeded her limits by attacking the Portuguese Constitution and by repressing the fundamental rights of one Portuguese Citizen.

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  22. Ashame that the big parties, no- one keep this issue on their agenda. A big and very important case for the country, is out of political agenda. They discuss the TGV, who Pay and who buy votes, etc. They are all great cowards and no any of them as ennough courage to talk about a case which became the face of the Country. I hope the public on the streets start asking them very important questions about that and force them to keep the issue on their agenda.










    me the face of the country

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  23. Thank you Joana for explaining my question about whether any other books had been banned (since 1974).

    So Sr Amaral`s book is the first one.

    Wow - Mr and Mrs McCann must have posed a massive threat to someone then. Its not as if the book is a threat to your national security - its just a threat to the McCanns.

    Thank you for your intersting answer.

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  24. Astro, Joana & Kazlux,
    Thank you for all your hard work to keep us up to date with this case. That guy has an uncanny resemblance to P Rebelo, IMO.

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  25. I have always had the hunch that Gerry, not Kate, is the answer to the case.
    There is a video on You Tube, of Gerry, on the balcony (varanda) of apartment 5A in Ocean Club, dancing, laughing and joking with other people. I mean, having returned to Praia Da Luz and the apartment, SURELY, anyone else would re-live the loss of his daughter... how sad and traumatic would that be to anyone else ? - And yet he is filmed laughing, joking and dancing waving his arms around. He is either nuts or guilty... or both !!

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  26. The party in Portugal that 'saw sense' looks like a minor political party, much like the Green Party in England. I would love to see the same solidarity from the main political parties in Portugal. I doubt that will ever happen. Amaral is far better off NOT relying on politicians. The forces that gave origin to that injuction would have been the same ones that will prevent the other parties from supporting Amaral.
    Amaral would be better off going abroad and publish another book and publish it there.

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