Minha Dignidade

I'm working on a project that is requiring me to re-read hundreds of articles published about "The Truth of the Lie", Goncalo Amaral, and the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

In light of the recent wikileaks cable related to the McCann case, I am wondering whether there will be any apologies issued by the British Press - or by specific reporters who have amplified the McCann's attacks on Dr. Amaral.

It is now public knowledge that Goncalo Amaral was NOT solely responsible for suspicions of parental involvement in the death and concealment of Madeleine McCann's body.  Read the cable for yourself  HERE (or elsewhere on the net - it can be found many places including the various wikileaks mirrors - search 07LISBON2527).

To this day, the McCann attacks focus on Goncalo Amaral, rather than on the British police (who, along with their Portuguese colleagues developed evidence against the McCanns).  They have caused the Amaral family great hardship, they have attempted to completely destroy his reputation - on what grounds?

The Truth of the Lie does not waver from the official investigation and its conclusions were not only the conclusions of the writer.

It is long past time that the British Press takes its "code of conduct" policies seriously.  Report the facts and correct all errors in previous reports. A good place to start would be to correct the articles claiming the McCanns were "cleared" and that Goncalo Amaral was a "disgraced cop".  The McCanns were not cleared - their arguido status was lifted and the case SHELVED until new evidence comes to light.  And Dr. Amaral has not been the sole source of the allegations against the McCanns. 

There should be no tolerance for what the media has done in this case.  From the Press Association to the BBC to the smallest regional newspaper, the Press has entirely destroyed its credibility.

Here is an interesting example of an article that looks quite different when read in light of the wikileaks cable:

A copper without shame


And here is a site where you don't need to wade through that particular reporter's spin regarding what Goncalo Amaral wrote. Read the book yourself and do not allow people like Richard Pendlebury of the Daily Mail to determine your reaction.  (As my wise father taught me and as I have taught my children: Never, ever, ever allow yourself to be lead by the nose by the Media;  not in the case of Dr. Amaral and not in regard to any other issue.)

Maddie: The Truth of the Lie (English Translation)

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