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The repercussions of Maddie’s case in the PJ

An Editorial Comment

A year later, there are still shock waves in the Maddie’s case. This time it was an incredible and farfetched story of a Spanish journalist who revealed alleged statements of Kate and Gerry McCann to the police. They provided for one more campaign of the English newspapers against the Portuguese police and a conference of their spokesman.

The hubbub caused also the alleged refusal of the McCanns to return to Portugal to do the re-enactment of the crime. And they helped to disturb the travel of the Investigative team to England to question the friends and to check their statements.

The Portuguese PJ yesterday issued a declaration to contradict that these evidences given by the Spanish journalist were part of the process. But, in the middle of the afternoon, the press release was not even available in the Internet pages of the English newspapers.

This happened exactly in the same newspapers that transcribed the information of the Spanish journalist, without checking the sources or questioning the supplier of the information. This type of procedure is also the reason of the lawsuit that the Englishman Robert Murat is going to put to eleven English newspapers: because they reproduced, without confirming, information that was in the Portuguese newspapers. An unethical method which simply undermines journalism in general. But that behaviour was, unfortunately, more than common in this strange and long case.



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