25 June 2014

On Brooks, Murdoch and Cameron's politically motivated review of the Maddie case



«Power games

Their willingness to ruin lives was directly linked to their political power. MPs feared that they might find their own private behaviour being monstered on News International’s front pages. This is the power of the playground bully: he has only to beat up one or two children for all of them to start trying to placate him. Beyond that, government collectively feared having its agenda destroyed, its daily activity destabilised, its future terminated if Murdoch’s editors turned against it. Former ministers and senior Whitehall officials all tell the same tale – that as Murdoch increased the size of his empire, governments became obsessed with newspaper coverage, particularly that of the Sun.

The power which Coulson and Brooks enjoyed delivered the kind of access for which unscrupulous lobbyists will pay large bundles of cash. A tabloid editors she was courted by ministers. At the Leveson inquiry, Brooks disclosed 185 meetings with prime ministers, ministers and party leaders while apologising that her records were incomplete. At the News of the World, Coulson showed little enthusiasm for politics, according to former Downing Street officials, one of whom remembers him being invited for breakfast with Gordon Brown and showing so little interest in policy that the two men ended up talking about newspaper circulations. Brooks, however, was a different story.

Far more than Coulson, she played the game of power, exploiting her extraordinary social skills to build an unrivalled network of connections.

Backed by fear of what her journalists could do, Brooks used her access to get her way. She could do it over small things: “If she was going to the US and she realised she had no visa, all she had to do was to make a phone call to a minister, and they’d sort it out for her,” according to one former official. She used it to get stories. An adviser from the Ministry of Defence recalls the government being under pressure about British soldiers being killed and maimed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan: “We were told we couldn’t release all we were doing for opsec reasons, yet the MoD went ahead and gave the information to the Sun.”

More than that, she used her influence to try to change government policy, not simply and legitimately by publishing stories but privately with ministers by cajoling, insisting, playing on their fear. This might be aimed at scoring a victory for her newspapers – persuading the government to order a police review of the Madeleine McCann case as part of her strategy to encourage the toddler’s parents to let her newspapers serialise their book; pushing hard to end the career of Sharon Shoesmith, head of children’s services in Haringey, whom the Sun blamed for the death of Baby P. Shoesmith was sacked, a decision which was later described by the court of appeal as “intrinsically unlawful.” Or Brooks aimed at larger policy which suited the ideology of the Sun and of its owner – over crime, immigration, public spending and notoriously over Britain’s membership of the European Union and its potential involvement in the euro. (...)»

in The Guardian, 'Phone-hacking trial was officially about crime; but in reality, it was about power' by Nick Davies 25th June, 2014



Video

Panorama Hacking: Power, Corruption and Lies broadcast by BBC on 25 June 2014
In a Panorama Special, Robert Peston investigates the questions behind the phone hacking trial which saw David Cameron's former spokesman, Andy Coulson, convicted and three other News of the World News editors plead guilty.

Did politicians of all parties and police help to cover-up the hacking scandal for years because of their own close relationships with Rupert Murdoch's News International?




Related
Rupert Murdoch's Infotainment News: The McCanns Media Machine This blog, JM, 2008-04-23
Murdoch's News Corporation: 'A House of cards, Built on deceit' This blog, JM, 2009-12-29
McCanns' spokesman to join Freud Communications PR Week/on this blog 2008-09-01
The Conservative Party to recruit McCann spokesperson as head of media monitoring PR Week, by Danny Rogers, 2010-03-04
Leveson slams politicians and Press for ‘too close a relationship’ Exaro News, by David Hencke, 2012-11-30
News International ‘lobbied David Cameron over police review’ Exaro News, by David Hencke, Frederika Whitehead and Hui Shan Khoo, 2012-11-28
‘Maddie’ police review ‘was example of political interference’ Exaro News, by David Hencke, Frederika Whitehead and Hui Shan Khoo, 2012-11-26
Rebekah Brooks set out to ‘persuade’ government over review Exaro News, by Hui Shan Khoo, 2012-11-26
David Cameron ‘could not recall pressure’ over ‘Maddie’ case Exaro News, by Hui Shan Khoo, 2012-11-26
Theresa May changed her mind about ‘Maddie’ police review Exaro News, by David Henck and Hui Shan Khoo, 2012-11-29
Commentary: why PM will have Leveson hangover in New Year Exaro News, by Nicholas Jones, 2013-01-10
Rebekah Brooks accused of bullying Government over McCanns London Evening Standard/on this blog 2012-05-11
Enid O'Dowd analyses the accounts of Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited for the year ended 31 March 2013 McCann Files, by Enid O'Dowd, 2014-01-14

44 comments:

  1. The whole stinking lot of them and their Establishment pals disgust me. They think they can do what the hell they like, and they do, and they get away with it, that is why we have disgusting monsters like Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith being covered for, and it is only when they are dead the truth comes out. Truthfulness and decency is not even on their agenda. As for the cost of the Madeleine McCann SY 'investigation' they should send the bill to Brookes, who blackmailed Cameron to go along with this. Why should the tax payers be landed with having to pay for this nonsense..

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  2. Maybe the mccanns should hand over all the money they collected for the "fund" to the search? Was the " fund" not created to help "search" for their "missing" child? The child that went missing on account of the parents leaving underage children on their own?

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  3. It's all gone into top lawyers and PR image consultants hired in both countries, and on dubious illegal detectives that were used to plant stories/sightings - never meant to find anyone.

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  4. It sounds that way hence the "mother Teresa" lookalike in Jesus creepers and her shifty rodent eyed partner were out of the court room on a begging mission claiming poverty !

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  5. How many lies can you spot?

    Gerry McCann: Errr... We're exasperated that the hearing has been cancelled, errr... once again, errr... at Mr Amaral's request. This is the fourth time that this has happened, when we've travelled to Portugal. The legal case has been running now for over 5 years and we want to get justice for Madeleine. Today is a blatant and cynical attempt to wear us down and it's Madeleine who's suffering. Errm... We're not gonna give up; gonna keep going. Thank you.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 1: Do you think this was a strategy?

    Kate McCann: Can I... can I just add, I mean, I think we need to make it clear to people we... we took on this case because of the pain and stress that Mr Amaral has brought to us and our children. And every time he postpones the case, like this, it brings us more pain and distress, Every time we come here we have to make arrangements for our children to be looked after, we have to book flights, we have to book hotels, we have to take time off work to come here. Now Mr Amaral handed that letter in, apparently, around 9 o'clock this morning. That letter could have been handed in before we left the country and this has happened now about four times, as Gerry said this can't be seen as anything but blatant and cynical. We just want justice. This is not fair.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 2: You will return? You will return?

    Gerry McCann: Yes.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 1: Do you think this was a strategy from Goncalo Amaral?

    Gerry McCann: Clearly.

    Kate McCann: Yes.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 3: Do you think Madeleine is alive?

    Gerry McCann: What we know for certain is there is no evidence Madeleine is dead and until we find her...

    Kate McCann: [interrupting] She deserves... she deserves the right to be found. We believe that Mr Amaral is trying to stop her that human right of being looked for and found. It's happened to other children, it can happen to Madeleine.

    Female Portuguese Reporter: Don't you think he may be in pain too, Mr Amaral?

    Kate McCann: Why?

    Female Portuguese Reporter: Because, errr... all the things he has [indecipherable] too.

    Kate McCann: Mr Amaral is not the victim in this.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 4: About the searches in Praia da Luz, with Scotland Yard...

    Gerry McCann: We're not commenting on the investigation. That's a job for the Judicial Police and Scotland Yard. Thank you.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 4: But you still hope Madeleine is gonna... gonna be fine?

    Gerry McCann: Well, what... what is clear is that the searches haven't found any evidence that Madeleine has been seriously injured or is dead. So, as far as we are concerned, there's a good chance she's still alive and we have to keep searching for her. That's why we're here.

    Male Portuguese Reporter 5: What do you think about the results of the searching of the British police last week in Portugal.

    Gerry McCann: It's the same thing, you know. There've been multiple searches - there's no sign of Madeleine. There is no evidence that she's been seriously harmed or dead, and that's the important thing. There's a missing child, and...

    Kate McCann: [trying to interrupt] Either way... either way...

    Gerry McCann: [continues] ...and, you know, what... what is absolutely clear and we want to... people can have their own opinions of us but Madeleine is completely innocent in all of this. This is what it's about - an innocent child who's missing.

    Male English Reporter: If Mr Amaral is watching this, what would you say to him?

    Gerry McCann: We're not speaking to Mr Amaral. Thank you very much for your patience. [turns and walks off]

    http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html

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  6. The real victim in this trial is Dr Amaral and NOT these two hideous liars desperately trying to get to the mans money . Its about time the world sees the "dollar signs in their beady rodent eyes " and realise this is a scam to con people , pretending to look for their "missing" child who WENT MISSING due to the hideous pair leaving under 4 year old children on their own as they went out partying , "responsible" parents , PINKY ? These two are as "responsible" as the "villiage idiot" puts a fox to look after the chickens .

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  7. david Cameron Scotland yard are a shame im so angry the are so covering up for the mc cans am so ashamed of England at the minute brookes got Cameron to cover the case up shame on you all there is a poor child involvrd in all this so sad

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  8. At least Brooks did something good, very good: the review which now became an investigation.
    She is the person in the UK who did the most for Madeleine.
    The Met can not change it, even if they are ordered to. They are searchinng for the body and it means that they know that the child died and they even know that it died in the apartment.
    Thanks to Rebekah.
    She is not that bad after all, is she?

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  9. Its a Joke.
    but then so are the people fighting it through hacked off.........as soon as I saw the McCann's involved I knew it was going to be a whitewash.

    Its all a game ....incidentally Murdoch has become richer through the whole scandal ...its made him huge profits.


    All I can say about my disgusting corrupt country the UK.... is that "what" can the people do ?
    There are NO mechanisms to remove corruption and the people involved - its all controlled through a cabal..
    The Chipping Norton set have done much to damage the UK and are laughing in the face of the PEOPLE they are destroying.

    I really believe with all my heart that it is time for a revolution- not some pretend march but a real war against the powers controlling today.

    The whole country needs a clear out - politicians,police,cps,.......lets root them out.

    The tension is building massively in the UK and it will happen.

    Until then ..

    Mojo

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  10. by David Hencke

    Yesterday's clash between Ed Miliband and David Cameron over the Coulson affair was dominated by the Prime Minister's assertion that he had been cleared by the Leveson inquiry of doing anything wrong.

    He could happily quote Leveson's findings which clear not only him but Rebekah Brooks - also now cleared of knowledge of phone hacking by a British jury - of behaving badly in any improper relationships between Number Ten and the Murdoch empire.

    But delve a bit deeper into this rather contorted report - all one million words of it - which probably neither Cameron nor Miliband have - and you will find quite a different story.

    Go to Volume Four and Appendix Five - and get one of the most devastating critiques of the incestuous relationship between top politicians and the media I have ever read from a High Court judge in my 27 years of political journalism.

    As I reported before "he attacks what he calls the " inappropriate closeness" between media bosses and successive governments not just now - but for over 35 years. Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron are all indicted in a damning charge sheet.

    He baldly states “ politicians have conducted themselves in a way that I do consider has not served the public interest”.

    He accuses them of being vulnerable to unaccountable interests, missing clear opportunities to address public concern about the culture, practices and ethics of the press and seeking “ to control ( if not manipulate) the supply of news and information to the public in return for expected or hoped-for favourable treatment by sections of the press.”

    He concluded that all this gave rise to “legitimate perceptions and concerns that politicians and the press have traded power and influence in ways which are contrary to the public interest and out of public sight. These perceptions and concerns are inevitably particularly acute in relation to the conduct by politicians of public policy issues in relations to the press itself."

    Some exoneration for Mr Cameron and his predecessors!

    If Labour had been sharp enough yesterday Ed Miliband could have rebutted Cameron's confident assertions. But it may not be surprising that he missed it - because of the mismatch between Leveson's conclusions and his comments on the sad state of the relationship between leading politicians and media proprietors. It has close similarities to the way the Hutton inquiry exonerated Blair and Campbell despite revealing some devastating facts.

    But in no way can either Cameron or Murdoch be complacent about their respective roles in trading power for influence which is at the heart of why both the mainstream media and politicians are widely distrusted by the general public.

    And with more to come no politician can afford to brush this aside as " a here today, gone tomorrow" story!

    http://davidhencke.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/camerons-half-truth-over-his-leveson-exoneration/

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  11. Following the conclusion of the trial Peter Jukes, whose tweets have provided an invaluable resource for those following the trial, revealed a number of matters which had previously been the subject of reporting restrictions and which will shortly be dealt with in detail in his book Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial

    The points made by Peter Jukes include:

    That huge ring binders of prejudicial tweets were delivered every week to the judge by Brooks’ defence team.
    Brooks’ defence team consistently argued that she could not receive a fair trial due to prejudicial publicity.
    At one point there were three separate police investigations into allegations a juror might be suborned – all turned out to be false.
    The private cost to News Corp for 6 private defences has not been revealed – but one defence cost more per hour than prosecution team per day.
    So the £100 million estimate for hacking trial plus police was at least 75% paid for by News (who were meeting the defence costs of most of the defendants).
    Former News of the World lawyer Tom Crone was arrested a second time in November 2013.
    Les Hinton, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have already been interview under caution for corporate charges.

    Finally, in response to the media criticism of the prosecution, the CPS yesterday issued the following statement:

    “This case was not about whether phone hacking took place or whether public officials were paid for information; there are a significant number of recent convictions which show that both did happen.

    “This has been a lengthy and complex trial which was required to explore a culture of invading privacy. Despite a number of applications by the defence to have the case thrown out the Judge agreed that the evidence was sufficient for consideration by the jury.

    “The jury has found that Andy Coulson, former editor of a national newspaper, conspired with others to hack phones. Others who have admitted their role in this illegal practice – Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup, Glenn Mulcaire and Dan Evans – all now face sentencing for phone hacking.

    “We respect the verdicts and will inform the court on Monday of our decision on whether to retry the outstanding counts.

    “As closely linked criminal proceedings are underway, I have nothing further to add at this time.” http://inforrm.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/phone-hacking-trial-the-final-application-some-revelations-and-a-cps-statement/#more-27212

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  12. Certainly today press - across the whole spectrum are not very supportive of the Murdoch stable.

    Nick Davies penned a rather interesting piece:

    ''http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/25/-sp-phone-hacking-trial-rebekah-brooks-rupert-murdoch

    ''More than that, she used her influence to try to change government policy, not simply and legitimately by publishing stories but privately with ministers by cajoling, insisting, playing on their fear. This might be aimed at scoring a victory for her newspapers – persuading the government to order a police review of the Madeleine McCann case as part of her strategy to encourage the toddler’s parents to let her newspapers serialise their book; pushing hard to end the career of Sharon Shoesmith, head of children’s services in Haringey, whom the Sun blamed for the death of Baby P. Shoesmith was sacked, a decision which was later described by the court of appeal as “intrinsically unlawful.” Or Brooks aimed at larger policy which suited the ideology of the Sun and of its owner – over crime, immigration, public spending and notoriously over Britain’s membership of the European Union and its potential involvement in the euro.''

    Snipped by the whole article is well worth a the read. So where do cases like the McCanns go from here? do we ACTUALLY expect TRUE and honest reporting?

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  13. The whole reason that the mainstream political parties will not highlight such areas of corruption is simple.

    Don't throw stones if you live in glass houses!

    they are ALL GUILTY.

    There is an agenda shared by the three main parties - it is an illusion they are different.....the main issues are a constant within them.

    Real change is required and I mean brutal change.

    When the real kickback comes from the public ......watch what will happen, they have already invested in water cannons not approved to be used.
    Police are becoming more militarised.....Don't kid yourselves there are troubled times ahead and soon you will see what the Governments think of its people... and the illusion they push as democracy.

    Mojo

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  14. @5
    'Gerry McCann: What we know for certain is there is no evidence Madeleine is dead and 'UNTIL? we find her..'

    So WHEN they find her?

    `'Gerry McCann: Well, what... what is clear is that the searches haven't found any evidence that Madeleine has been seriously injured or is dead. So, as far as we are concerned, there's a good chance she's still alive and we have to keep searching for her. That's why we're here.'

    So no harm is proven.. Mr Amaral harming her is also not proven.
    The 'search' did not stop.

    'Gerry McCann: It's the same thing, you know. There've been multiple searches - there's no sign of Madeleine. There is no evidence that she's been seriously harmed or dead, and that's the important thing. There's a MISSING child, and...'

    Missing.. that is right..abducted is just their thesis.

    'Gerry McCann: [continues] ...and, you know, what... what is absolutely clear and we want to... people can have their own opinions of us but Madeleine is completely innocent in all of this. This is what it's about - an innocent child who's MISSING.'

    Well.. Why should Madeleine NOT be innocent?
    All children are innocent at such age..
    I dont think Madeleine planned to 'leave' like that.
    Also not responseble for this mess.
    But yeah Gerry managed to say missing (TRUE) ans not abducted..
    So Gerry did speak the true about MISSING..
    ( I did count the not lies..)


    The UK should care more..
    I wont feel safe there, in a hospital, or childcare..
    Savile, only AFTER he died..
    The dirt came out..


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  15. "She played the game of power, exploiting her extraordinary social skills to build an unrivalled network of connections"

    Social skills?....lol
    I think we can all guess what that really means.

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  16. They almost certainly used the same techniques (and more) for gathering political intelligence, Mojo, and editors, journalists, police and private investigators know it. That's why the politicians took so long to acknowledge public concern, and why they still don't want to delve too deeply now.

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  17. I wonder if Brooks also hacked the McCanns'phone and it is in the hands of the Yard.
    I really can't believe she didn't.

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  18. @12 Guess you didn't even bother to read the above post, since you just pasted precisely the same extract...

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  19. @8, I hope that is just you sense of humour, Brooks didn't do anything to help Madeleine, she did it to benefit NOTW/SUN sales.

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  20. When Mr McCann in that weasle-whine of the untrustworthy pipsqueak of his bleats to journalists about no evidence of death, why oh why do they never come back and mention the sniffer dogs of Flat 5A. McCann can't brush this off with a petulant 'ask the dogs'.He tried that once and he just looked silly, silly and guilty. Come on journos, grow a pair!

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  21. Anon 8

    Brooks did nothing 'good' by blackmailing Cameron into spending millions of tax payers money for what has turned out to be a whitewash, with the obvious intention of not going anywhere near the evidence that the original investigators discovered. That would have been one of the requests of the McCanns for a 'review' they so cleverly had put across by their pal Brooks, and the timing of this so called SY 'search' and all has fitting in so perfectly with the libel trial in Portugal. No Madeleine body found, so according to the McCanns the search for a live Madeleine can go on, and how dare Dr Amaral do anything to interfere with that, or their request for money to help with their continued 'search' when SY are finished.

    The one thing we can be certain of is that the McCanns would never have requested this 'review/investigation' unless they could control the way it was conducted, and that meant airbrushing out those dratted UK dogs which pointed every which way they looked to the McCanns being involved in the disappearance of Madeleine. Redwood has bent over backwards making sure that is what has happened, and only the McCanns' version of an 'abductor' considered, and even if Madeleine did die in the apartment then it would have been the big bad abductor that did it and then abducted the body!. As Redwood has already told the media the parents and their friends are completely innocent and not even up for consideration of involvement, so those who may be thinking otherwise dream on, because it is not going to happen with somebody like Redwood in charge of the so called 'investigation'.

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  22. McCanns deviam ser julgados e condenados por negligência que pôs em perigo a vida de 3 crianças com consequências muito graves para 1 criança e 1 polícia.

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  23. I don't think there's any doubt that Operation Grange is politically motivated (and deeply flawed) but it's not without some irony that I found the 'Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe' noticed served at the bottom of the results page when I performed a search for 'Joana Morais' on Google, especially when Joana has been such a fierce defender of free speech.

    For all those readers unfamiliar with the notice, the notice is served when a user asks Google to remove results that show them in a negative light. A full account of such requests can be found here: http://www.google.co.uk/policies/faq/

    Are you at all 'hacked-off' with certain results, Joana?

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  24. Anon 15

    Well she did manage to ride with Cameron every morning, so must have been working those 'social skills' of hers very hard to have done that. What power she was wielding to even get at least one Prime Minister to do her bidding, and Cameron gave in so easily to a bit of blackmail. Were there other things he gave in to that we don't know about yet?

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  25. @19, preferible two birds with one stone only than no bird at all.

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  26. @23 Just got the lawyers letter today.

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  27. What lawyers letter Joana? Are they trying to silence the world? They have another thing coming if they think the people round the world are stupid . These two will stand trial one day for gross negligence, accidental death and fraud very soon and will pay back into society . We are in a western world and not a third world country where crimes can be swept under the carpet and the public silenced .

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  28. what is going on, Joana?

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  29. Is it possible for you to tell us what happened, Joana?

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  30. Joana, if lawyers are trying to gag you, I would advise you to send a copy of the letter to Judge Emilia in Lisbon.

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  31. Dear Joana
    I hope this letter is not what we all think, a mc shut up letter. Do they really think they can prevent free speech for everyone apart from themselves. I hope someone comes to their senses and spills the beans on this lot

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  32. Yesterday I received a letter from German lawyers on behalf of a well known person requesting me to delete photos on my blog following this ruling http://justiz.hamburg.de/oberlandesgericht/4258636/pressemeldung-2014-01-28-olg-test/ There are 647,000 of pages with the full video on google http://bit.ly/1nQ0C4b yet I was targeted for publishing NOTW's 3 photos in an article that had to do with the Gerry McCann appearing at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing into libel law in March 2009.

    The right to be forgotten shouldn’t cost us our free speech

    «Now, all Europeans must do is allege information posted online is inadequate (the very nature of collaborative Wikipedia and cumulative history itself), irrelevant or no longer relevant (to whom? When? Why?), or “excessive in relation to the purposes of the processing at issue carried out by the operator of the search engine.” Unravelling that tangled web would take scholarly judges a serious chunk of time. How well prepared are Google mods and geeks to decide? More seriously, what justification can any court offer for handing over to private corporations the delicate job of balancing constitutionally enshrined freedom of information and expression rights with someone’s desire to go from being Internet-famous to Internet-forgotten? The explosion of companies now selling related “privacy rights” is well underway.

    Yes, the court included an exception for “the public interest,” but narrowly defined it as “the role played by the data subject in public life,” while ignoring the critical role public institutions play in the human record. Does a heart surgeon nailed by a negligence class action suit a dozen years ago deserve to disappear? Or those small-town politicians who supported the Ku Klux Klan in the past? The former child abuser whose records will no longer be available when he applies to work in a daycare? Oops.»

    in http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/06/27/paula-todd-the-right-to-be-forgotten-shouldnt-cost-us-our-free-speech/

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  33. Google Still Taking a Beating Over Max Mosley S&M Party Search Results

    «Max Mosley, former president of the FIA and Formula One racing is still battling Google in an epic suit that's gone after the search engine in two European countries over search results he wants gone.

    Even though Mosley has managed to collect more than a $100,000 in damages from News Corp. in two countries, he's not satisfied until the Google search engine has a special algorithm to detect and delete certain content, specifically of him participating in an S&M party with multiple prostitutes.

    Google said in a French court this week that it had removed hundreds of pages for Mosley and stands ready to remove others he identifies, but that the law does not support his demand for the creation of "an unprecedented new Internet censorship tool," according to Bloomberg.

    Mosley's lawyer said this case could be important to paving the way for more cases against Google in Europe and beyond. It's certainly not the first case against Google from plaintiffs requesting censorship.

    Earlier this year, a German federal court ruled Google must restrict information in its autocomplete when it violates personal rights. That case was brought about when a plaintiff said defamatory autocomplete results linked him to fraud.

    Germany's former First Lady, Bettina Wulff, also battled Google for autocomplete results that suggest she's linked to prostitution.

    Similar cases have been brought about in Japan and the U.S. In all these cases, the plaintiffs claimed the defamatory content presented in Google search results was false. In the case of Mosley, he's not denying the S&M event happened, he just wants it erased from the Internet's memory.»

    in http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2293315/Google-Still-Taking-a-Beating-Over-Max-Mosley-SM-Party-Search-Results

    Further reading

    Google Forced to Play Moral Judge for Max Mosley http://www.ilead.co.za/blog/google-to-remove-max-mosley-images-from-search-engine-results.html

    Google Won't Erase Links to Max Mosley Hooker Orgy Stories, So He Sues http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2133193/Google-Wont-Erase-Links-to-Max-Mosley-Hooker-Orgy-Stories-So-He-Sues

    “Direito ao esquecimento” esquece o quê: privacidade ou liberdade de expressão? http://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/direito-ao-esquecimento-esquece-o-que-privacidade-ou-liberdade-de-expressao-1637145

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  34. @31 This ECJ development is really the product of traditional media v new media struggle/debate, not one of free speech/censorship.

    We don't and never did have 'free speech' to say just what we might like to say about the McCann case. That doesn't exist anywhere.

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  35. I've just read the news that a 'huge' hotel is planned for PDL on the exact site of the recent extensive searches by Met police.

    Maybe the MET dig wasn't simply an elaborate and futile play for the cameras as some seem to think, but rather a thorough search before potential evidence is detroyed by diggers and concrete. Just a thought.

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  36. Madeleine McCann: Disgraced Portuguese detective 'MI5 spies know what happened to Maddie'

    title was changed online to

    EXCLUSIVE: MI5 spies know what happened to Maddie McCann claims Portuguese detective

    By: James Murray
    Published: Sun, June 29, 2014
    MI5 AGENTS know what happened to missing Madeleine McCann but are covering it up, claims former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.

    The disgraced detective made the bombshell claim in a Portuguese television documentary that openly mocked Scotland Yard’s new investigation. When asked if people will ever learn what really happened, Mr Amaral responded: “Yes, we will, when MI5 opens the case files, we will find out.

    “Don’t forget that the British secret services followed the case right from the beginning. I don’t know if that information will be made available but if it’s like the United States, it takes years to have access to confidential information.”

    Mr Amaral, 56, was the officer who co-ordinated the Portuguese police investigation from May 3, 2007, when three-year-old Madeleine vanished from her family’s holiday apartment at Praia da Luz on the Algarve.

    After criticising British police he was kicked off the case four months later.

    In his latest interview he claims that after two British police dogs were used to searched the McCann’s apartment at the Ocean Club, his team had to take the British person responsible for the operation to Faro Airport.

    Amaral, now retired and working as a crime writer, went on: “He’s at the airport waiting for a plane to return to England and he receives a phone call. Then he explains to our colleague that a member of MI5 was at the airport, waiting to talk with him about the result of the investigation.

    “Someone has the information, so make the information available.”

    There has been suspicion in the senior ranks of Portugal’s police that US and/or British intelligence chiefs have satellite images of the area that could be helpful but have never passed them on.

    The latest Scotland Yard squad is apparently working on the theory that Madeleine was abducted by burglars who were also involved in drug trafficking. Mr Amaral said the same theory was put forward by a Yard detective seconded to his team seven years ago.

    “It was discussed and completely set aside because it made no sense,” he said. “Nobody has proved the house was broken into, that there was a theft, there are no traces of a break-in. No money, cameras or anything else was taken.”

    He said he expects the latest Yard inquiry to wind down soon, without a breakthrough, adding: “They are getting to the point of saying that she is dead.

    “They will reach the point of saying that the cadaver can’t be found and the case can’t be solved.”

    Mr Amaral will face Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, at a civil court in Lisbon on July 8.

    The couple, who cling to the hope their daughter might be alive, are suing him for £1million for libel over his claim that Madeleine died in the apartment, made in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

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  37. New Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service regarding searches cost on McCann 'investigation' https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/please_can_you_provide_the_follo#incoming-528891

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  38. I wonder if the MI5 was controlling the PJ or if that British at the airport was just trying to scare them.
    If a secret service was involved in the case, the PJ would not have known it.
    That is why they are called secret.
    A country that knew how to spy enemies during several wars suddenly would spy the 'Maddie case and tell it to the enemy?
    Come on, I am prepared to make concessions but not too many.

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  39. I am the one who just wrote about the MI5 and the case.
    The coincidence of MI5 phoning a British officer exactly at the moment he is talking to a PJ, at the airport. It would be very naief to believe it.
    It was an agreement betwee two police Britons, of course.
    Those police men were under Brown's pressure and who knows whether they were really British police or were they disgised in police with false documents.

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  40. How the McCanns twist everything to make it sound in their favour to garner sympathy, even Kate's McCanns complaint about Dr Amaral having had them turn up for the Court case just to have them waste their time FOUR TIMES. He should make sure he addresses this lie by telling the instances where there were other adjournments, and what they were actually for. As for the McCanns telling that Madeleine may still be alive, the public needs reminding about the blood and cadaver dogs strongly indicating that she died in the apartment, and everything they alerted to being connected to the McCanns, hire car, clothes, cuddle cat, and all. They have had their way when it comes to telling lies and distortions of the truth for too long with nobody publicly challenging them. They should not be allowed to get away with any of it.

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  41. The mccanns lie through their teeth it was not Dr Amaral who adjourned four times , perhaps the mccanns have spent too long with their "professional liar " that he has given them a good training . They lied for too long the public round the world are fed up listening about the pair of neglectful parents , its time they get charged for neglect and wasting police time .

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  42. How long do we still have to wait and what was the goal of searching that ground?
    I still hope that it had to do with the body.Not under that ground but somewhere else.
    I hope they unearthed it and that they brought it to a laboratory.
    It takes a long time to get DNA out of a bone, especially after many years of death.
    Besides I think that specialists will check on rests of sedatives in the body, hair etc.
    If Madeleine was wrapped in a blanked, it will have elements of medicine as well.
    Who knows also broken bones, the poor thing.
    It will take time. Maybe they will find out the causa mortis.

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  43. I'm sick of hearing the same old line.. "there's no proof Madeleine has come to any harm" or ''find the body and prove we killed her'' It's easy to say those words when you have made damn sure she won't be found!!!

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  44. @42 Nothing was found except a few cat and dogs bones...

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