Gerry McCann attacks media coverage of Maddys Disappearance

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    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    After conducting a media and internet campaign to help find his missing daughter Gerry ' it wasn't me 'Mcann says people don't needed to be bombarded with her image every day
    Wouldn't have nothing to do with the fact the Portugese police seem to be pointing the finger at him and saying she died in the flat? :wink:
    My moneys was on him from day one
    Well it woudv'e been had the booky gave me odds you can bet on Elvis and Jesus coming back but you can't have odds on a father killing his eldest :x tw4ts

    McCann attacks media speculation
    Gerry McCann was speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival

    McCann interview
    The father of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann has asked the media to end the constant speculation about his daughter's whereabouts.
    He said there had been "huge amounts written with no substance" and that it was not necessary to "bombard people on a daily basis" with Madeleine's image.

    Gerry McCann told the BBC the media campaign to find her would be scaled down and take on a "low-key format".

    Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared in the Algarve on 3 May.

    Unfortunately the human interest side of this is enormous now and that's been very difficult

    Gerry McCann

    Mr McCann, who is originally from Glasgow, described coverage of the abduction from his family's Algarve apartment as being "10 times greater than we ever possibly imagined".

    Although he acknowledged that he and his wife Kate had initially sought publicity, there was now a "lack of control" in the coverage, he said.

    He told the Edinburgh TV festival his family had deliberately "tried to withdraw" from the public spotlight and signalled the coverage of the campaign to find his daughter would be scaled down.

    "The compromise has always been do we do something because it will help Madeleine," he said.

    "Unfortunately the human interest side of this is enormous now and that's been very difficult."

    'Wild speculation'

    It was not necessary for the media to "bombard people on a daily basis with Madeleine's image" and the couple did not expect to sustain the same level of coverage throughout their campaign, he said.

    Everything the family did was being scrutinised, he added, and this had become "very unpleasant".

    Madeleine's parents say they still believe their daughter is alive

    Police in Portugal have dismissed press allegations that Mr and Mrs McCann were involved in their daughter's disappearance, saying the couple were not suspects in the case.

    Mr McCann said that although the British media and photographers had been "very respectful and kept their distance" from his family in Portugal, the pressure on journalists to find a story was leading to "absolutely wild speculation" about what had happened.

    "Even early on, there was saturation coverage with nothing to report, and there are commercial decisions being made with filling column inches and time on TV," he said.

    "Particularly in the last six weeks, other than the recent searches, there has been nothing."

    He said it was the responsibility of TV producers and editors to make it clear when reporters were "talking about speculation".

    Campaign 'scaled down'

    Mr McCann, interviewed by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, said he first realised the scale of media interest when he and his wife returned from the police station soon after Madeleine's disappearance to find "about 150" journalists outside their apartment.

    However, he said in order to fill a "void" in details from the police investigation, he and his wife had conducted a series of interviews to raise awareness of Madeleine's disappearance.

    The difficulty we have is leaving Portugal as a family of four, when we arrived as a family of five

    Gerry McCann

    But Mr McCann said he now wanted the story to be "reported responsibly and only newsworthy material" used.

    "Staying in Portugal may be counter-productive because of the attention on Kate and I, and that generates pressure on people to write things," he said.

    He added that he had now started thinking about returning to the UK and his job as a consultant cardiologist in Leicester.

    "I've spent such a long time training and I have got a lot of sub-specialist expertise, and there aren't a lot of people who have that.

    "The difficulty we have is leaving Portugal as a family of four, when we arrived as a family of five."

    Madeleine disappeared from her family's apartment room in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz while her parents were eating with friends at a nearby restaurant.
  2. Presumably he also told them to stop touting for donations to the fund? No?

    Must have slipped his mind.
  3. "Man who leaves his children alone in a flat from where one is abducted criticises Media Coverage of the campaign he started"

    Hows that for a headline Gerry ??
  4. should have gone to dinner as a family of 5 then instead of 2.

    my sympathies lie with the girl not the parents.
  5. So he goes on TV saying that. Sorry you asked (and rightly) for media help, however you cannot control what they do, the media you have raised seems to be overshadowing the Police attempt to find your Daughter.

    Something doesnt smell right in this case.
  6. That'll be the decomposing body of Maddie.

  7. My thoughts exactly, not like they were dumb feckers, they were supposed educated clever people.

    What were they thinking?
  8. What were they thinking?

    Whats for dinner,shall we have chips? possibly
  9. cheaper xmas this year :?: :?: :?: :?:

  10. Could well be, it gets more and more expensive every year.......

    I know, lose the needy one :twisted:
  11. Gerry and Kate McCann went to see the Pope to ask if he could help find their daughter.

    The Pope said he'd love to help but the Catholic Clergy was more used to hunting down small boys.
  12. There are some seriously sick fcukers on here.


    And it's about time someone said these things, most of you may not realise but it is impossible to have anything like thoughts like this around civvies, they just don't have the mind for it.

    I'd bet you if they had been single parents or on benefits then the other kids would have been in care before the sun set on day one. Na, they're rich, intelligent, educated doctors. It's OK for them to go off to dinner and leave the kids at home. Christ, even pads get some mong on the pads estate to babysit when they go out to their local stickies.

    Something was wrong with this whole thing from the start.

    Has anyone checked to see if they even had an easyjet flight for all of them to go back home.
  13. Agree, totally :)
  14. Madeleine's holiday was a typical trip to a European resort.

    Ruined by a stupid Gerry.
  15. While It's terribly sad that the girl was abducted, and likely murdered by a piece of filth, it was this scumf@ck's necligence and arrogance which made it all possible. He should be strung up and given the Full Mussolini Treatment. No mercy for shits like this.