Wednesday, May 09, 2007

On British media

I feel that the coverage of Madeleine McCann's disappearance by British media is just short of appalling. The Portuguese authorities have been labeled clueless, Portuguese policemen have been compared to clowns, Portuguese investigation methods have been called inefficient, slow and right out wrong when compared to British ones and finally, to top it all off, Portuguese Law has been ridiculed because of the infamous secrecy of justice by which Portuguese police has to abide and which has been responsible for the news blackout that's starving the ever so eager British media.(*)

I can understand that when times are desperate, desperate thoughts and actions tend to surface but in my view there is no justification whatsoever for this aggressive and irresponsible campaign of defamation. And, by the way, weren't the ill fated investigations into Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman and Sarah Payne's disappearances wholly British?

Allegations have been made in major British newspapers that Portuguese authorities have failed Madeleine and her parents. Meanwhile in the Internet and in everyday conversation with normal people everyone seems to agree that the first to have failed - hugely and unforgivably - in this whole dreadful affair were Maddy's parents: it was their duty to put their children's well being and safety above their own need for leisure. It turns out there was even a good babysitting service available at the resort. Why on Earth didn't they use it? Why did they repeatedly leave a couple of tiny 2-year-olds and a wee 3-year-old on their own at night in a foreign country??

My heart cries for Maddy, poor innocent and trusting child, who probably went to bed and fell asleep with not a care in the world and woke up to find her unquestioning trust in her parents shattered and her life at the mercy of someone who's cunning and ruthless enough to plan and commit a crime like this.

I'm still hoping that she's alive and well... somewhere...

My heart is with you sweet, sweet Maddy.

Latest news links: Reuters, Guardian, CNN, BBC

(*) see this opinion article in the Telegraph, for example, written by the appaling journalist creature Jan Moir.


izwithyou said...

Thank you very much for your comment. The portuguese police (Judiciaria) has one of the best rate of crime solving in the world (far better from their counterparts in USA and I wonder how they compare with world famous Scotland Yard).
It has to be said also that there quite a lot of evidence right now that the perpetrator had their kidnap planned for a long time - this is not a "spur-at-the-moment" thing (which makes it fair to suppose that they already have a "client" for Madeline (or for her organs -let's hope not!).
As for he behaviour of the parents - let's not throw the first rock. It is easy now to think they should have taken advantage of the babysitting facility or not go out, but would we be sure we wouldn't do the same?

izwithyoubutstillnogood said...

And another thng: what realy annoys the so-called jornalist about "the secret of justice" is that it is keeping him from selling more newpapprer by scatering rubbish (suspition, etc..) all over

Claudia said...

I'm certain I would never go out for dinner leaving my toddlers alone at home.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you that we should not leave our children alone, not even with a babysitter, who is a stranger to you, and much more so in a foreign country.
There are just too many evil people out there. This is a very hard and sad lesson for the little girl's parents, one that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

izpuzzled said...

An interesting taught anonymous (why anonymous????): "and much more so in a foreign country". Why? Are there, by definition, more "evil people" in a foreign country than in ours?
If you agree (and have you really taught about what really means that you cannot leave a child even with a babysitter?)that we shouldn't leave children unescorted, it should be so both in "foreign country" as in "good old" homeland.
Oh, by the way,what about thousand of children who suffer an identical or worse faith than Madeline in Darfour (this do not diminish one ich the horror of what is happening to Madeline)? what