Maddie TV: The Police Show Off
Eduardo Cintra Torres on DCI Andy Redwood's latest media performances in the Algarve
Broadcast by CMTV, May 11, 2014
Eduardo Cintra Torres makes a weekly commentary on CMTV about TV and media and writes on Correio da Manhã newspaper.
Eduardo Cintra Torres [ECT] - That gentleman from the Scotland Yard, that appears there [in the video inset they are showing and debating about Redwood's visit to Algarve] - it's actually a pity that we don't have a psychologist here to make his profile, not of Maddie's or of the “assassins”, but of that Scotland Yard gentleman. I look at him and I just think: “this man just wants to appear on TV”. With so many disappearances of children in England... did he choose the Maddie case because he would appear on TV? And they went beyond, now they've come to Portugal to investigate. Why is the Portuguese police being subservient to this mockery, to this televised show off - we had aerial searches in Lagos seven years later! Aerial searches! We need to ask, what exactly is going on?! This is the utmost ridiculous thing, a show off, something just to appear on TV. And then they're going to open holes, searching for, eventually, the child's body at the 25 de Abril street? Was it for this that we had the 25 de Abril [see Carnation revolution]?
João Ferreira (CMTV news anchor) [JF] - The opening of the case by the British authorities was done taking into account the media coverage?
ECT - Absolutely, that police officer from the Scotland Yard in particular pursues that [media coverage]. I believe that is a shame for the Portuguese state to allow the mediatization of an investigation that belongs to the Portuguese and not to the English. If we tried to do the same in England, would they allow it? Obviously not.
JF - They were authorized by the Attorney General's Office...
ECT - Of course, it's the old alliance issue.
JF - Thank you, Eduardo.
Opinion Article excerpt
Maddie TV: poor child
Poor Maddie. A British police chief who just wants to be on TV uses Maddie's parents tenet to show off and comes to Portugal to meddle in the Portuguese investigation. To show off on TV, they “investigate” idiotic leads, for the English to see [i.e. just for the sake of appearances], and they even do “aerial searches” (!!!) seven years after the child disappeared. An embarrassment to him and to the Portuguese state.
in Correio da Manhã, May 11, 2014
Eduardo Cintra Torres has a M.A. Degree in Communication, Culture, and Information Technologies from ISCTE and a Degree in History from Lisbon University. He teaches Television Studies at Catholic University. He is a television and media critic at Portuguese reference newspaper Público, at CMTV (Correio da Manhã television channel) and an advertising critic at Jornal de Negócios. He authored 14 books and various academic articles on TV, media, culture and advertising and co-authored several television documentaries, he also wrote the script for the film Debaixo da Cama (2003).
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