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Were the media unfair to Madeleine McCann’s parents?

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gerry-and-kate-mccann.jpg“This was no journalistic accident, but a sustained campaign of vitriol against a grief-stricken family.”

That’s the verdict of media commentator Roy Greenslade after the Daily Express and Daily Star apologised to Kate and Gerry McCann for suggesting they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance.

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.

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