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Were the media unfair to Madeleine McCann’s parents?
The former Daily Mirror editor said “wild claims” about the parents of Madeleine McCann have undermined British journalism.
“The stories were not merely speculative, but laced with innuendo which continually made accusations against the McCanns on the basis of anonymous sources and without any hard evidence,” he wrote.
Greenslade said he doubted whether the paper’s editors would resign or whether the Press Complaints Commission would take any action.
Public relations consultant Max Clifford says reporters were put under huge pressure to deliver “news” even when there were no firm developments.
“Rumours and nonsense are being given to us as facts,” he told BBC radio.
Gerry McCann wrote on his blog that the family was “utterly dismayed” by some of the media coverage of the case.
Charlie Beckett, director of the media think-tank Polis, said: “This could be the moment when the tide turns against certain media excesses that have been growing in recent years. Most of the media had gone a bit mad over this story”
Do you think the media as a whole were unfair to Kate and Gerry McCann?