by João Mira Godinho
These are two virtual, almost similar images of Maddie, and they were publicised by British police agency CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) yesterday. The photos, which have been placed on the internet, simulate the look that the little girl would have now, aged 6, and are part of a worldwide campaign that starts today.
The two photos that were released yesterday merely differ in Madeleine McCann’s skin colour. “In one of them it is darker, in the case that the little girl was very exposed to the sun”, José Vasconcelos, from Lift Consulting, the company that manages the McCann couple’s public relations in Portugal, explained to Correio da Manhã.
“The message is directed at persons who are close to the person or persons that were involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”, explains CEOP in a press release that accompanies the images. “This could be a relative, a friend, a co-worker or a neighbour”, the text adds, appealing to everyone.
Apart from the photos, the campaign includes an appeal to anyone who may know the girl’s whereabouts or has any lead about the disappearance, as well as a short one-minute film, that may be seen on the ceop.police.uk website. The centre asks everyone to pass messages with the film’s online address, per email.
“We want the message to spread in such a way that it is only a click away in any search for Madeleine”, explained Jim Gamble, CEOP’s president.
Support – Interpol, Europol, and the police from Australia, the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates and Europe support the initiative, says the CEOP in a press release.
Languages – At CEOP’s website, the message can be read in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arab were the chosen idioms.
Centre – The CEOP was launched in April of 2006 and its purpose is to fight child exploration. It is an official body, which includes policemen and child experts.
source: Correio da Manhã, 03.11.2009