Kate and Gerry McCann – whose 3-year-old daughter vanished from her family’s rented ground-floor apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007 – tell British journalist Fiona Bruce in a new interview that they “still hope” Madeleine will be found, according to the U.K.’s Press Association.
“There is progress and there are some very credible lines of inquiry that the police are working on and whilst there’s no evidence to give us any negative news, you know,
The newspaper's showbiz account made a poorly-judged joke about the missing child during Tamera Foster's performance of 'Beneath Your Beautiful' by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé on Saturday (October 19).
Referring to reports at the weekend that Foster had been being caught shoplifting from Boots, @TheSun_Showbiz wrote: "Forget make up, the only way Tamera's gonna lose this is if she admits to stealing Maddie #XFactor."
The tweet was swiftly deleted, but not before several users condemned The Sun, which had featured a 12-page pull-out on the investigation to find Madeleine in that day's paper.
A later message from the same account read:
We would like to say sorry for a tweet that was sent out earlier. It was an inappropriate attempt to make a joke, and we got it wrong.
— The Sun
The Sun has apologised to Kate and Gerry McCann over a tweet by one of its official Twitter accounts that made a joke referring to the disappearance of the couple's daughter, Madeleine.
During Saturday night's The X Factor live show the Sun Showbiz Twitter account tweeted about hotly-tipped contestant Tamera Foster, relating to press coverage that she was recently caught shoplifting.
"Forget make up, the only way Tamera's gonna lose this is if she admits to stealing Maddie," the tabloid tweeted via @TheSun_Showbiz to almost 30,000 followers.
The tweet immediately provoked a furious backlash that resulted in the publisher deleting the message and eventually issuing an apology.
"We would like to say sorry for a tweet that was sent out earlier," the publisher tweeted via @TheSun_Showbiz at 10.18pm, almost 15 minutes
The central target is the Hacked Off campaign, though there is plenty of pressure applied to the Labour party too in order to head off the possibility of legislation.
In The Sun, for example, a page lead headlined "Hacked off hijack" reports that many of the signatures on the public petition launched by the Hacked Off campaign are fake, including Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Superman and Joe Bloggs.
(It would be scandalous to suggest that Sun reporters have been busy pretending to be Mickey M, so please put that thought out of your mind).
Two pages further on, the paper's associate editor, Trevor Kavanagh, warns hacking victims that they risk looking like avengers by pushing for the full implementation of Leveson's proposals.
I have said the same on many occasions over the past 20 years. And plenty of other people have said it too, including Hugh Grant, who told the Leveson inquiry:
"What I see in this country are two presses. One which does exactly what a good press should – informing the public, holding a mirror up to society, holding power to account.
And then, hiding under the same umbrella, a second press that has been allowed to become something toxic – a press that has enfeebled and disgraced our democracy; bribing police, emasculating parliament and enjoying the competitive sycophancy of five successive governments".
We have a serious press that operates, broadly, in the public interest. We have a
The reports have been given proportionately little space or promotion, and there were obvious sins of omission.
Just as pertinently, in the face of evidence about collective misconduct, each title has found a way of damning rivals while conveniently overlooking most of the accusations specifically levelled at their own misbehaviour.
For example, the Daily Mail managed to carry an item about Max Mosley without mentioning his widely reported contention that its editor, Paul Dacre, was obsessed with schoolboy smut.
It did find room, however, for a piece attributing sinister implications to a gathering of Leveson witnesses at a Soho club where, allegedly, they ate and drank "into the night." Gosh.
The Mail, in its report on the evidence presented by Kate and Gerry McCann,
Hugh Grant, as someone noted rather astutely this week, hasn't been in anything this good for ages. Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into standards in the British media may have been formally sitting since earlier this month, but it was not until this week that the plot of this procedural legal drama twisted, suddenly, into an unmissable blockbuster, played out in as much Technicolor as the crowded confines of court 73 at the royal courts of justice would allow.
It had its moments of drama and at times almost of farce, but this was, in truth, a horror story, dipping into moments of such cruel and terrifying menace that, had the script been pitched to a Hollywood executive, it would have been returned as scarcely plausible.
After he had spent months touring the TV studios, not
Film star Hugh Grant, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, and the father of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among those due to testify over the next week at the U.K. inquiry into media ethics – a judicial body that could recommend sweeping changes to the way Britons get their news.
The nationally televised inquiry would give many of those in the public eye an unprecedented chance to challenge those who write about them, said Cary Cooper, a professor at northern England's Lancaster University and the author of "Public Faces, Private Lives."
"This is the first time the celebrities have been able to strike back," Cooper said. "I think it will have an impact, and
The debacle of the Kate and Gerry McCann coverage developed because UK reporters arrived in Portugal and reprocessed stuff from Portuguese papers as though it was established truth – not cops, tipsters and freelances gabbing away in some local bar. Because the story was out there, far from night lawyers and the harsh legal disciplines of Fleet Street, they relaxed and resolved that anything went.
A hard, expensive lesson, well learnt? Let's ask President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, double-banked for matching dalliances on Twitter without a proper attribution in sight. Or Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, who apparently broke up months ago so quietly that none of the "friends, sources or insiders" who prattled away across endless pages last week noticed at the time. Or Sandra Bullock, suddenly struck by the new "Oscars curse
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