1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

Editor Contests Prohibitions: ‘Maddie: The Truth of the Lie’

The editor that publishes the book ‘Maddie: The Truth of the Lie’, Guerra & Paz, has informed that it is going to contest the judicial prohibition that involves Gonçalo Amaral’s book, after having received the notification this Friday.

The action that was filed against the book includes the prohibition of selling the book’s edition rights for foreign publications, as well as the impossibility to cite, analyse, give an opinion or interviews about the thesis that is defended by Gonçalo Amaral.

Guerra & Paz defends that these restrictions are “an attempt against the freedom of expression and the freedom of contract, hurting the most elementary rights that are consecrated by the Portuguese Constitution”.

In the same press release, the editor names the decision as “unjustified and disputable”, taking into account the international application of the decision.

“It is only out of respect to the institutions and due to our will to contribute to their prestige, that we obey this arbitrary position that we will contest in the Portuguese courts and, if necessary, at super-national instances”.

source: Correio da Manhã, 11.09.2009


  1. If there is no longer freedom of speech in Portugal, how dare they say what can be printed in my country. (worldwide)
    It's time to get the matter out of Portugal to the international courts.

  2. So glad to hear that this ruling is being contested. Many thanks for keeping those of us in the internet world up-to-date.

  3. hooray,thats cheered me up no end,i just hope he makes his vioce loud enough.always remember its alway darkest before the dawn.

  4. Does this mean that Amaral can say he is only telling the truth and the McCanns have to prove he is lying?? I mean if this goes to appeal.

  5. Thank God for that.

    How soon can this outrageous fetter on free speech be broken? The idea that an ex Policeman cannot speak about his work is incredible. Only the McCanns and no one else could achieve such a verdict.

  6. In English papers the death of Princess Diana was examined from all sides, with all points of view, opposing opinions. This went on for years.The Royal family itself was not omitted from being discussed in detail in regular opinion columns.
    Yet here we have two (well, it's now one-and-a-half) doctors prohibiting worldwide editions of a book based entirely on Portugese police investigations.
    The photos included in the book (I've bought it a while back),say enough without even a word from SR Amaral.
    TheMcCanns are over-reaching themselves and it will be contested by people/editors in the publishing world, as this is an attempted assault on the freedom of the press worldwide. wait until the USA gets involved in this...

  7. I hope the mccanns are reading this very carefully.
    If they believe they are part of the international jetset and "Celebs" they are extremely deluded.....they behave like real re-born dictators and want to gagg the whole world??????? I am gobbed smacked!They want fame then? We will give it to them and send emails to as many people and administrations to explain whats happening. Anyhow,action time.....

  8. What does that judge think she is playing at by imposing such a draconian ruling as to not even allow the discussion of an opinion.

    I doubt the UK courts would go that far, and is this why the McCanns applied in Portugal where the judiciary appear to be a soft touch where they are concerned.

    Not even charging this pair with child neglect when they left their children alone nightly while they went out with their pals.


    Because they felt sorry for them.

    What about Madeleine?

    No sympathy for her having parents like them who even when told she was crying still left her.

    I hope there will be a clean sweep of the judiciary as they appear to be completely lacking common sense.

  9. I can guess the destination of the private detectives next trip- To the European Comunity looking for D. Barroso and his pals, to leak their feets. This is why they need more then 1 million Euros: to travel around the world, trying to corrupt all international courts.

  10. O Sol on-line traz a noticia que a Google vai disponibilizar os livros que possui em suporte digital.
    Talvez a Editora Guerra e Paz e G. Amaral possam ceder os direitos a Google. O livro nao era vendido mas ficava disponivel para down-load em todo o mundo, no espaco de poucas horas.

  11. The Portuguese judiciary has no jurisdiction outside Portugal, they cannot tell us what we are allowed to read!

    Our Government - the Governments of the world must oppose this blatent supranational claim of jurisdiction!

    Someone needs to translate the truth of the lie and get it out in the US as soon as possible!

  12. Agreed.

    The US is the place to send the book to. The people there don't have closed minds and haven't been bombarded with the McCann spin like in the UK.

    Let Ophrah's fans have a read of it too.

  13. Will the appeal be a public hearing? If so, as many of us as possible should travel to Portugal to give Goncalo Amaral and his Editor support. In doing so we will be supporting Madeleine.


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