18 January 2010

Madeleine: TVI denies bias



Yesterday, TVI denied any bias in broadcasting the documentary that is based on Gonçalo Amaral’s book “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie”, which has temporarily been removed from the market after an injunction was filed by the parents of the English child that went missing in the Algarve.

Margarida Teotónio Pereira, the television station’s international programming director, who was heard as a defence witness during the third injunction trial session, asserted that “TVI tried to buy a documentary in which the McCann couple presented their version” about the disappearance of their daughter, in 2007, in the Algarve.

The channel’s senior official recalled that in April 2009 the station’s then general director, José Eduardo Moniz, “didn’t want TVI to be connected to a documentary that defended Gonçalo Amaral’s thesis”, thus they advanced towards buying the programme “with exclusive and original images”, in which Kate and Gerry McCann reconstituted the facts.

That documentary in which the McCanns intervened, which was produced by British television Channel 4, would allow, as the witness mentioned, to oppose the one that had been produced by Valentim de Carvalho, based on the former Polícia Judiciária inspector’s book, which was broadcast by TVI for the first time on the 13th of April 2009.

Both Margarida Teotónio Pereira and the station’s market studies technician Paulo Gonçalves Soares said that the documentary had been preceded by a written explanation about the existence “of other points of view” about the matter, not binding TVI, at a time when it “was known that another documentary would be available on the international market”.

The channel struck an agreement with the British distributor to buy the Channel 4 documentary, but on the 28th of April, Margarida Teotónio Pereira received an e-mail that confirmed a phone call from a few days earlier, in which the McCann couple impeded the broadcast on the Portuguese channel.

“We wanted to have the opportunity to show another story about a matter that was of major interest and that was very important to TVI, not only because of viewer shares”, she said, stressing that the British couple vetoed the Portuguese channel because they were not satisfied with news that had been broadcast before.

At the judge’s request, the written communication from the distributor, refusing the broadcast, was annexed to the process, because it was deemed important for the channel’s opposition to the McCanns’ argumentation, that the spreading of the thesis of Kate and Gerry’s involvement in their daughter’s disappearance damages the investigations.

The Channel 4 programme ended up being acquired and broadcast by SIC only days later, on prime time, with TVI repeating the broadcast of Gonçalo Amaral’s documentary at the same time, merely for “share reasons”.

Both on the first and the second broadcast, Margarida Teotónio Pereira said that at TVI “the fact that the documentary was broadcast” on a date that preceded the PJ investigation’s archiving dispatch, from the Republic’s prosecutor in Portimão, which was written on the 1st of July of the same year, and notified on the 29th.

That matter was raised by the McCanns’ representative, Isabel Duarte, who is going to file a criminal action against Gonçalo Amaral over breaching the judicial secrecy.

The nest session has been scheduled for the 10th of February, with closing arguments.

In this process, Gonçalo Amaral stands accused of disseminating conclusions that the McCanns consider to be unsustainable, of the little girl’s death in the apartment, simulation of abduction by the parents, and concealment of the cadaver.


source: Lusa/ionline, 15.01.2010





13 comments:

  1. The Twins did it!!! =))

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  2. This makes the McCanns look bad- theey had a chance to show their documentary on Portuguese TV, but they turned it down. How is that helping the search? Then showing it on a rival station- that makes them look petty & vindictive. Not good news for them. I bet they never realised in their wildest dreams that this correspondence would be shown in court. Oh dear.

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  3. So ha uma palavra em tudo o que move os Mccann desde que o caso foi arquivado: VINGANCA!!!!

    Todo o dinheiro que recebem enganando inocentes com a historieta de andarem a procura da filha, serve para pagar VINGANCA.

    O que os fez optar pela SIC em detrimento da TVI tambem foi VINGANCA.

    Mas a VINGANCA e um pau de dois gumes, um prato que se serve frio. Por isso, este parzinho que se prepare porque o que esta a semear vai ser cobrado e a pior cobranca nao sera pela mao de G. Amaral. O circulo familiar dos Mccann ja os abandonou, o dos amigos e cada vez mais pequeno, o dos perversos vai crescendo, mas o dos inimigos ja e ENORME.

    Ali AKA ( o turco que tentou assassinar o Papa joao Paulo II) saiu hoje em liberdade. Assume-se um profeta e diz que so da entrevistas pagas. Na prisao, teve tempo para estudar a psicologia dos Mccann e usar os mesmos meios para enriquecer. Tirando as estrelas do cinema, da musica e do futebol, quem sao os suspeitos ou ligados a crimes que dao entrevistas pagas? Os Mccann.
    Ja ha quem se insurja na Italia contra as entrevistas pagas de Ali AKA, dizendo que ficara a mensagem de que o crime compensa( SUBSCREVO INTEIRAMENTE). Quem se insurgiu em Inglaterra contra as entrevistas pagas dos Mccann? NINGUEM.... mas eles e que sao evoluidos, modernos, inteligentes. O RESTO DA EUROPA E BURRA!!! E o POVO INGLES NAO SE INSURJE? CLARO, ESTA AMORDACADO.

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  4. What about an injunction against the McCanns for launching a TV home made video defending abduction? During those three days in court we heard the police and other experts denying the abduction possibility and clear explanations were given in order to understand why abduction had never happened.

    What about the P.M. start thinking seriously to ask 1 million and 200€ to the couple for broadcasting a fable which has caused serious damage to the Portuguese Police and P.M. reputation?

    I guess the public wants to go further now: reopening the case seems to be inevitable, after all the entire investigation was paid with our taxes money. We want to know if the money was well spent or if we want the money back NOW!
    Alexandra

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  5. There was an interview here in Spain with GA sometime back..that evening the documentary was shown...the Mccanns had better start proceedings against this Spanish network also.

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  6. Another own goal by the McCanns. Did greed have anything to do with it? Was the offer of £35,000 (or was that Euros?) from TVI trumped by a higher bid from SIC?

    Whatever the reason, the McCanns can't blame it on anyone else but themselves.

    Margarida Teotónio Pereira - a very astute choice of witness. :)

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  7. “We wanted to have the opportunity to show another story about a matter that was of major interest and that was very important to TVI, not only because of viewer shares”, she said, stressing that the British couple vetoed the Portuguese channel because they were not satisfied with news that had been broadcast before."

    But of course they were not satisfied! Another demonstration how the McCanns value free speech ~x( TVI was not following the McCann line and was not giving voice to the bulshit they were feeding to the media. The McCanns are only satisfied when a few brainless journalists, wether paid by them or out of a silly infatuation for them give credit to their fable, and when naïve public put money in their pockets.

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  8. Excuse me if I've got my facts wrong, but wasn't the case archived in 2008? And TVI didn't show the documentary until April 2009?? So how can they have broken the judicial secrecy?

    (I'm going to look like a right pillock if I've got this wrong..)

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  9. This was broadcast in 2007 so wasn't this breaching judicial secrecy?

    Why is it that Duarte can launch a claim that Amaral breached secrecy if this was broadcast before his book and his documentary.

    It's astonishing.

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  10. You are right Fernis.

    The McCanns care about freedom of speech all right.

    THEIRS, and woe betide anybody who contradicts them.

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  11. 9, an., The documantary was not broadcasted on 2007 but much later.
    The PJ's DVD was freeded end July 2008, Amaral's book short after
    and Amaral's documentary was broadcasted April or begin May 2009, a few days before Gerry's.

    And that's why we did not see scenes with that actress playing Kate's role.
    Gerry had to cut them off probably because it was full of contradictions
    with Amaral's.

    If the documentary had been broadcasted in 2007, Gerry would not have contracted that actress.

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  12. "At the judge’s request, the written communication from the distributor, refusing the broadcast, was annexed to the process, because it was deemed important for the channel’s opposition to the McCanns’ argumentation, that the spreading of the thesis of Kate and Gerry’s involvement in their daughter’s disappearance damages the investigations."

    Excellent! Another blunder of the Mccanns that comes back in their face like a forgotten boomerang.

    Frenceuropean

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  13. Amazing! This couple act like rabid dogs and go around trying to squeeze money from as many Portuguese people and entities as possible. I also believe that this case should be reopened. Also can't these two people be accused of being biased? After all, they ONLY defend the theory of abduction... If this is not the biggest scam ever seen...

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