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McCanns: Is it all about money?

Previously we noticed the Express group, pulling articles about the McCanns from their on-line Newspapers: the Daily Express, the Sunday Express, the Daily Star and the Daily Star Sunday. We wondered why? And asked the Daily Express' on-line editor, Geoff Marsh, who gave this answer: "Hi xxx, Many thanks for your email. For operational reasons, some articles previously available on express.co.UK have been temporarily removed. I'm afraid I can't go into any more detail. Best wishes, Geoff"


The reason

Lawyers for Kate and Gerry McCann are considering taking legal action against British newspapers whose coverage they feel to have been incorrect and unfair.
Gerry and Kate McCann

Principally they are looking at the publications in The Express Group: The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Star and The Daily Star Sunday.

Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann family, confirmed that their lawyers were in discussions, but denied that any writs had yet been issued.

"It's wrong to say that we're actually suing, but our lawyers have been assessing all articles, in all papers.

"We are extremely unhappy with The Express Group's coverage. We always said it was the worst amongst all the tabloids."

He also added that the figures that have been quoted in the media are wildly speculative and that The Express Group had made no initial offer for an out-of-court settlement.

Under UK law, the McCanns and their lawyers have a year from the publication of an article to decide whether they wish to take legal action against its content.

It is thought that in the case of the coverage they are assessing, that year would be up some time in mid-May, and a decision must be taken by then.

Clarence Mitchell denied the family were taking this action because the Find Madeleine fund was running low.

He said: "Yes, it's true that the fund is roughly half-way spent, but the main thing we require is an apology."

He added that any money won as a result of legal action would go straight back into the fund.

Source: SkyNews

So, the questions now for the McCanns threatening to sue the Express group, are:

Are they trying to scare other news groups into keeping quiet after the Judiciary Police interviews have been completed?

Or are they simply greedy profiteers hiding behind be compassionate at us, we the victimized parents", hoping to cash in quickly for the depleted fund?

It strikes me that the British press,the Daily Mail, the Sun or the Mirror, have been publishing identical stories, many fed by Clarence Mitchell, so why are they going after these Express group newspapers in particular?

As always with the McCanns everything is about the money: the fund for the house, the expensive Extradition and Defence Lawyers, the website, the Metodo3 'detective agency', the film and book deals, the paid documentaries and interviews...

The Madeleine fund's objectives state that when and only she is found anything left over will be given to charity. Madeleine’s fund is a non charitable, not-for-profit company.

Madeleine it's not a little girl missing anymore, it's a trademark registered by her parents...


From the Guardian a similar article with extra facts:

Lawyers acting for Kate and Gerry McCann are considering taking legal action against Express Newspapers over what the couple claim to be a series of "wildly and grossly defamatory" articles about their missing daughter Madeleine.

The McCanns have made official complaints to Richard Desmond's newspaper group about its coverage in the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday through London law firm Carter Ruck, which specialises in high profile libel cases.

They are thought to be particularly upset by the coverage in the Daily Express, which has splashed on a nearly daily basis on the Madeleine case with what they believe are increasingly lurid stories and headlines.

The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, confirmed that complaints had been made to the newspaper group.

"Carter Ruck have been instructed to act on behalf of the McCanns to seek redress and discussions are ongoing, but beyond that it would be inappropriate to speculate on other courses of action," he said.

Adam Tudor, who is acting for the McCanns at Carter Ruck, added: "I and my firm have been instructed to bring complaints on their behalf and these complaints are ongoing."

The McCanns' legal moves against Express Newspapers were reported by Private Eye this week, although Mitchell said the magazine's claim that the McCanns were seeking £4m in damages was "wildly speculative".

He added that any damages won would go back into the Find Madeleine fund, which currently stands at £544,000 - nearly half the £1.2m it started with.

Mitchell said the McCanns were not targeting any one story in particular but were angry about a series of "wildly and grossly defamatory articles".

It is understood the McCanns are focussing on Express Newspapers as they believe its newspapers to be "amongst the worst offenders" and want a full apology and damages as well as costs.

Under UK law, the McCanns and their lawyers have a year from the publication of an article to decide whether they wish to take legal action against its content.

It is thought that in the case of the coverage they are assessing, that year would be up some time in mid-May and a decision must be taken by then.




4 comments:

  1. The Daily Express is such a dreadful rag that I see it as a public duty to have a go at them. Richard Desmond has got lots of money so let's be having some of it.

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  2. Hi Joana, you ask some very pertinent questions, as usual. Just wished we knew the answer... *sigh*

    Keep up the good work!

    Beijinhos

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  3. Their motives are quite clear.It appears that money and celebrity/notoriety are compensating for the loss of their daughter.

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  4. Within the first week all the merchandising and fund raising took off- it has never been about madeleine but always about the McCanns.

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