Timeline: Maddie: The Truth of the Lie

Timeline moved to a "static" page HERE
The online translation of "The Truth of the Lie" can be read  HERE.  

"The Truth of the Lie" was translated into English by "AnnaEsse". An official English translation is still intended by the book's publisher, however the McCann's court actions have delayed this. Their intention is to prevent  an official English translation as well as to have all existing unsold copies of the book destroyed.

See Joana Morais' Blog for more information.
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McCanns sign Madeleine book deal

Press Association
14 November 2010
Sam Marsden, Press Association Chief Reporter

Kate and Gerry McCann have signed a deal to write a book about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, their publishers announced today.

After a major bidding war, Transworld won the rights to the couple's account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007 and their efforts to find her.

All proceeds from the book will go to the McCanns' official fund to look for Madeleine, which had been in danger of running out next year.

Precise details of the publishing deal have not been released, but a source said it included a "substantial" advance and "enhanced royalties" giving the couple a bigger share of profits from sales.

The book, simply entitled Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the child's disappearance.

Mrs McCann, 42, said: "My reason for writing is simple - to give an account of the truth.

"Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.

"However, in the last few months, with the depletion of Madeleine's Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands.

"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."

Her husband, also 42, added: "We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too.

"Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw."

Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book - which is being written by the McCanns themselves and is currently part-complete - in the UK, the Commonwealth and Europe.

The west London-based publisher is home to best-selling authors including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown, fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

A source said the McCanns' book, which will have a recommended retail price of £20, was expected to be a big seller.

Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr said: "It is an enormous privilege to be publishing this book.

"We are so pleased to be joining Kate and Gerry McCann in the Find Madeleine campaign."

Deals for newspaper serialisations and translations of the book are now expected to be negotiated.

The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are fighting a legal battle against former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral over his book alleging that Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction - something they strongly deny.

The appeal court in Lisbon last month overturned an injunction obtained by the couple banning publication of Mr Amaral's work, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie.

But a source close to the McCanns said their decision to write their own book had nothing to do with rebutting Mr Amaral's allegations.

"It certainly hasn't been prompted by him," the source said.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined with friends nearby.

Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.

The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was formally shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search.
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The BBC "responds" to complaints

I am looking for other examples of responses to complaints regarding the news coverage of the McCanns vs Goncalo Amaral.  If anyone runs across them on forums or blogs, I would very much appreciate a "heads up".

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News blackout continues in the UK and Ireland

Based on the history of the British / Irish media (who covered the McCann's initially successful attempt to silence Goncalo Amaral with relish and subsequently refused to publish the fact that the Lisbon Appeals court ruled to OVERTURN the ban on "The Truth of the Lie")  is it no surprise that we must turn to Portuguese news sources to stay updated?
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Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7324 2522
Index on Censorship
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA

My email to Index on Censorship:
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Isabel Duarte refusing to deliver books

Isabel Duarte is refusing to deliver ten thousand copies of "Maddie: The Truth of the Lie" as instructed by the Lisbon Appeals Court

"...Gonçalo Amaral’s book is not yet on the market. “And it will not be” said Isabel Duarte.  
“I am the faithful retainer of the book and whilst I am not forced to deliver it, I will not deliver it in any way. Until there is a final, definitive solution.”
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Goncalo Amaral Video Online Now

Goncalo Amaral Video Online HERE.  
English subtitles.

Text on site:
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Media complaints - contact information

Please click "read more" for contact information that may be useful to those of you who would like to make formal complaints about the media coverage of the McCann case.


Press Complaints Commission: United Kingdom
Sir Christopher Meyer (Chair); Tim Toulmin ( Director)
Halton House
20/23 High Holborn
London EC1N 2JD
Tel: 44 207 831 0022
Fax: 44 207 831 0025
Email: complaints@pcc.org.uk
  •  The PCC is an independent self-regulatory body which deals with complaints about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites). They do not deal with complaints about TV and radio (Ofcom is the regulator for the broadcast industry)

  • The PCC deals with all editorially-controlled material in UK newspapers and magazines (and their websites).

  • The PCC suggests that citizens first attempt a direct approach to editors before considering a formal complaint to the PCC. Any such approach should be made promptly. If you do not receive a reply within a week - or if you are dissatisfied by the editor's response - PCC recommends that you write to them as soon as possible.

Office of the Press Ombudsman: Ireland
  • The Office of the Press Ombudsman is part of a new system of independent regulation for the printed media in Ireland.   Their aim is to provide the public with a quick, fair and free method of resolving any complaints they may have in relation to newspapers and magazines published in Ireland that are members of the Press Council of Ireland.
OFCOM Complaints about TV/Radio
  • Ofcom considers all complaints it receives and will assess any complaint against the Broadcasting Code. The Code contains the rules all UK broadcasters (including the BBC in certain areas) must comply with. Recent examples of Ofcom’s published decisions regarding a range of programmes.

  • Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.
BBC Complaints 
  •  The BBC has its own complaints procedure for radio and television programmes. Ofcom can also deal with complaints about about editorial standards in radio and television broadcasts (but not online items or the World Service). Ofcom takes complaints about BBC issues except impartiality, inaccuracy and some commercial issues which remain the responsibility of the BBC Trust.

BBC Trust Complaints
  • Editorial complaints are complaints about the content of BBC output. If you want to make an editorial complaint you should complain to the BBC Executive. If you are not happy with your response from the BBC Executive you can appeal to the Trust.

Regulatory and advice bodies other than the PCC:

Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE) 
  • AIPCE is a loose network of content regulators for both the press and broadcast media in Europe.

Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee
  • The DA Notice system (which is overseen by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee), is a voluntary code that provides guidance to the British media on the publication or broadcasting of national security information.
Press Councils worldwide 
  • For information and contact details for Press Councils throughout the world.
Press Organisations

Association of Online Publishers
  • The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content.
Editors' Code of Practice Committee
  • The Editors' Code of Practice Committee, writes and revises the voluntary code of standards overseen by the Press Complaints Commission. It also publishes the Editors' Codebook, a practical handbook for journalists and editors which explains the Code of Practice and the PCC's key rulings in detail.
Society of Editors
  • The Society of Editors has more than 400 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and new media, journalism education and media law. It campaigns for media freedom, self regulation, the public's right to know and the maintenance of standards in journalism.
The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)
  • The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) is the trade association for UK magazine and B2B media publishers. PPA represents 300 publisher members, publishing 3,000 magazine titles, as well as exhibitions, directories and interactive products. Magazine and B2B media companies generate around £6.2bn of turnover, which is about 10 per cent of the combined turnover of the UK creative industries.
Newspaper Society (NS) 
  • The Newspaper Society represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local press. It was founded in 1836 and is believed to be the oldest publishers' association in the world.
Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA)
  • The Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) is the trade association representing publishers of 100 weekly and bi-weekly newspapers and a further 30 free distribution newspapers.
Citizen Advice Bureau
 Press Councils:

Australian Press Council
Julian Disney (Chair)
Jack Herman (Executive Secretary)
Suite 10.02
117 York Street
Sydney - NSW 2000
Tel: (612) 92 61 19 30
Fax: 612 92 67 68 26
Email: info@presscouncil.org.au
  • The Australian Press Council was established in 1976 by an agreement between the publishers and the journalists' union to provide a forum through which members of the public could complain about the ethical performance of the print media. Its membership consisted, and consists, of members of the public, journalists and representatives of the publishers of metropolitan, suburban, regional and country newspapers and of the general interest magazines. 

High Authority for the Mass Media
Alta autoridade para a comunicaçao social (AACS)
Mr Armando Torres Paulo (President); José Garibaldi (Vice-President)
Av. D. Carlos I, 130 - 6°
1200 Lisbon
Tel: 351 1 392 91 30
Fax: 351 1 395 14 49
Email: info@aacs.pt
  • Independent constitutional body for the regulation of the media in Portugal and it operates alongside the Assembly of the Republic. 

Press Council of Ireland Members
  • The Press Council has 13 members. Seven of these, including the Chairman, are drawn from suitably qualified persons representative of a broad spectrum of Irish society. The remaining six members of the Press Council provide senior editorial and journalistic expertise and perspectives reflective of the press industry. 
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Darshna Soni interview w/ McCanns


03 November 2010
Channel 4 News 

Transcript on "Headlines Today" courtesy of jjp
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McCanns demand action on missing Madeleine

3 November 2010
The Irish Examiner
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Key events since Madeleine disappeared

Press Association Reporters
2 November 2010
Press Association National Newswire

Here is a timeline of the key events since Madeleine McCann's disappearance.


:: May 3 - Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, leave their three children asleep in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in southern Portugal while they dine with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.

Nothing is amiss when Mr McCann checks on the youngsters at just after 9pm, but when his wife goes back at about 10pm she finds three-year-old Madeleine missing.

Jane Tanner, one of the friends eating with the McCanns, later reports seeing a man carrying a child away earlier that night.

:: May 5 - Portuguese police reveal they believe Madeleine was abducted but is still alive and in Portugal, and say they have a sketch of a suspect.

:: May 14 - Detectives take Anglo-Portuguese property developer Robert Murat in for questioning and make him an "arguido", or official suspect.

Officers also search the home he shares with his mother in Praia Da Luz, just 100 yards from where the youngster was snatched.

:: May 25 - Portuguese detectives finally release the description of the man reported by Ms Tanner three weeks earlier following pressure from the McCanns, their legal team and the British Government.

:: May 30 - Mr and Mrs McCann meet the Pope in Rome in the first of a series of trips around Europe and beyond to highlight the search for their daughter.

:: August 6 - A Portuguese newspaper reports that British sniffer dogs have found traces of blood on a wall in the McCanns' holiday apartment.

:: August 11 - Exactly 100 days after Madeleine disappeared, investigating officers publicly acknowledge for the first time that she could be dead.

:: September 7 - During further questioning of Mr and Mrs McCann, detectives make them both "arguidos" in their daughter's disappearance.

:: September 9 - The McCanns fly back to England with their two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

:: October 2 - Goncalo Amaral, the detective in charge of the inquiry, is removed from the case after criticising the British police in a Portuguese newspaper interview.

:: October 25 - The McCanns release a new artist's impression drawn by an FBI-trained expert showing the man described by Ms Tanner.


:: May 3 - A tearful Mrs McCann urges people to "pray like mad" for Madeleine as she and her family mark the first anniversary of the little girl's disappearance.

:: July 21 - The Portuguese authorities shelve their investigation and lift the "arguido" status of the McCanns and Mr Murat.

:: July 24 - Mr Amaral publishes a book about the case, entitled The Truth Of The Lie, in which he alleges that the young girl died in her family's holiday flat on the day she went missing.

:: August 4 - Thousands of pages of evidence from the Portuguese police files in the exhaustive investigation into Madeleine's disappearance are made public.

They reveal details of the lines of inquiry pursued by detectives, witness statements and scores of previously unknown sightings of the little girl.


:: January 29 - Nearly £2 million was raised for the official fund to find Madeleine in the first 10 months after she went missing, Companies House accounts show.

:: April 4 - Mr McCann goes back to Portugal to help film a reconstruction of the events on the night his daughter vanished for a Channel 4 documentary.

:: August 6 - The McCanns' investigators launch a worldwide hunt for an Australian lookalike of Victoria Beckham seen at a marina in Barcelona three days after the little girl disappeared.

:: September 9 - A Portuguese judge bans further sale or publication of Mr Amaral's book following legal action by Mr and Mrs McCann.

:: November 3 - The London-based Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre releases an internet video aimed at pricking the conscience of a friend or relative of the person responsible for Madeleine's disappearance.

:: December 11 - Mrs McCann returns to Praia da Luz for the first time since being made a suspect.


:: January 12 - A civil court in Lisbon hears that Portuguese detectives believed Madeleine's parents covered up her death by faking her abduction as Mr Amaral tries to overturn the injunction on his book.

Mr and Mrs McCann strongly deny the allegations and defend their decision to take legal action against the former policeman.

:: January 27 - The McCanns mark the 1,000th day since their daughter went missing with a fundraising event in London and the release of 1,000 lanterns in Britain, Portugal and the US.

:: February 18 - A Portuguese judge upholds the McCanns' ban on Mr Amaral's book.

The ex-detective says he will appeal against the ruling and take his case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

:: March 3 - Another 2,000 pages of case documents held by Portuguese police are made public, revealing dozens of reported sightings of Madeleine for the first time.

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:: November 3 - Kate and Gerry McCann launch a petition to lobby the UK and Portuguese governments for a joint or independent review of the case."

(***Note: In this timeline the Press Association omitted the October 18, 2010 ruling by the Lisbon Appeals court overturning the ban on "The Truth of the Lie".)
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McCanns demand action instead of 'fluffy worthless words'

McCanns demand action instead of 'fluffy worthless words'
Key events since Madeleine disappeared
McCanns' petition plea letter in full
Ellen Branagh, Press Association
2 November 2010 07:45 PM
Press Association National Newswire

Kate and Gerry McCann today said they have had enough of "fluffy worthless words", calling again for a full case review over their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Exactly three-and-a-half years since Madeleine went missing, the couple said they want "action" and for "somebody to do something".

Today they launched a petition to lobby the UK and Portuguese governments for a joint or independent review of the case.

"Essentially for the last three-and-a-half years the authorities have not been doing anything proactive to help Madeleine," Mr McCann said.

"That is despite our best efforts to encourage them to do so.

"I don't think it's right that the onus should fall on us, the authorities really should be doing more."

His wife said:
"I don't want to be appeased and that's what I feel we're getting at the moment.

"We need action, I don't need fluffy worthless words. We need somebody to do something.

"Madeleine is still missing, she's a little girl, her abductor is still out there, so by not carrying on we are putting other children at risk. I think more needs to be done."

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have met with former home secretaries Alan Johnson and Jacqui Smith, as well as current Home Secretary Theresa May, to discuss the issue and to ask for a review of the case.

Mrs McCann said when they met Mr Johnson, who commissioned a "scoping exercise" by Ceop to see if a review would be helpful, they felt they were making progress, but now did not even know if the report had been read.

"There has not been a formal case review and I think for such a serious case like this, and with the profile of it and international aspects, that should be carried out," her husband said.

"The onus is on the UK and Portuguese authorities to sort that out.

"I think the best thing is for this case to be solved, and at the moment the authorities are not doing anything proactive to try and do that."

Madeleine was three when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined with friends nearby.

Portuguese police launched a massive investigation with the support of British officers, but the inquiry was formally shelved in July 2008 without reaching any firm conclusions about her fate.

Private detectives employed by the McCanns are still investigating the case and as well as the petition, the couple are appealing for continued financial support for the official Find Madeleine fund - as it stands the fund will run out in spring 2011.

Mr and Mrs McCann said they had not given up hope and spoke of their frustration at a lack of help from the authorities.

"Children do get found years down the line," Mrs McCann said. "There's no evidence that Madeleine is not out there alive.

"It's just heartbreaking to think that nothing is getting done other than what we are having to do, other than our small team.

"Obviously a small team has limitations. If we had a review, if we had help from the authorities, the chances of finding Madeleine would be much greater I think.

"We deeply believe it will take us that step closer to finding Madeleine."

Mr McCann said fundraising was a secondary objective to urging people to help put pressure on the governments "to do what they should have done all along".

"In the interim we are carrying on, we're interviewing witnesses, dealing with new information and continuing reviewing the information available to us," he said.

"But it's important to emphasise we do not have all of the information, there's information that went into the inquiry that was not made public when the file was disclosed and therefore it's impossible for our team to review everything, we simply don't have access to it.

"The team also doesn't have any statutory authority, no one has to speak to them.

"That's why we're asking for the governments to organise an independent, thorough and hopefully transparent review."

Mrs McCann said the lifting of a ban on a book by former Portuguese police detective Goncalo Amaral, in which he alleges the little girl died and her parents faked her abduction, was "baffling".

Mr McCann said:
"Anyone who tried to claim that Madeleine is dead without evidence, anyone who does that and essentially stops the search - their motive has to be questioned.

"We're here trying to instigate the search in a meaningful way, it's very clear he wants the search to stop."

But the couple said they could not give up and spoke of how their family was coping with the situation.

Mrs McCann said:
"Sean and Amelie are great, they are doing really well, they seem to have taken everything on board and coped really well. Maybe that's one of the attractions of youth really.

"We're doing okay, we make the best of it. Life is not normal, I guess it's a new kind of normal.

"A friend of mine said she heard a radio interview with a man who had been through a tragedy.

"He described the pain like a boulder, he said it's not like the boulder gets any lighter, you just get stronger.

"I think that's true, you adapt to the situation, you learn different coping mechanisms.

"It doesn't mean the pain is any less, it doesn't mean that the whole issue is any less important.

"We haven't got our daughter, Sean and Amelie haven't got their sister, our family isn't complete.

"We can't stop, it doesn't matter how tired you are, we're on this treadmill and we can't stop trying to find Madeleine or at the very least find out what's happened.

"That ordeal would be much more bearable if we had more assistance."

A Home Office spokesman said:
"The Home Secretary has met Kate and Gerry McCann and is deeply sympathetic to their situation.

"The Government wants to ensure that everything feasible is being done to progress the search for Madeleine.

"The British authorities will maintain a dialogue with the Portuguese and continue to liaise with Madeleine's family on any developments."
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Press Complaints Commission: United Kingdom

Press Complaints Commission: United Kingdom

The PCC is an independent self-regulatory body which deals with complaints about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites). The Press Complaints Commission is charged with enforcing the Code of Practice which was framed by the newspaper and periodical industry and was ratified by the PCC in September 2009. 

As it is clear that there was extensive coverage in the British media regarding the McCann's success in achieving a temporary ban on "The Truth of the Lie"; it is also apparent that there is now a responsibility by these same organisations to inform the British public about the Lisbon Appeals Court ruling overturning the ban on "The Truth of the Lie".
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Press Council of Ireland / Press Ombudsman: Complaints

Please feel free to use the information HERE should you decide to complain to the Irish Press Ombudsman regarding the apparent news blackout regarding the Lisbon Appeals Court decision to overturn the ban on "The Truth of the Lie".

Note that the Irish Examiner, the Irish Independent and the Irish News gave extensive coverage to the McCanns battle to censor "The Truth of the Lie".  These three papers have not (to date) reported the ruling to overturn the ban.  (Contact details are at the end of this post.)
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