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News of the World in hot water for publishing Kate McCann's diaries

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX KATE & GERRY MCCANN MEDIA PHOTOS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2008
Original Source: GUARDIAN: THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2008
Posted by Roy Greenslade Thursday September 18 2008 10.02 BST
 

I could not believe my eyes on Sunday. The News of the World ran the diaries of Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine. Why, I wondered, would the McCanns suddenly agree to a red-top publishing such an intimate document? And surely they could not have sold the rights?

Then I noticed the odd phrasing in the standfirst, which explained (partially at least) their provenance, and which also implied that Kate McCann had not sanctioned publication. It said that the diaries "were passed to us by a reporter in Portugal."

On the other hand, given that if the diaries were real ? and they read as if they were ? the NoW's lawyers would certainly know they faced copyright problems if the editor dared to run them. They must have felt confident, however, because they were being featured on the paper's website as well.

We have previously heard very little about these diaries, thought to be in the hands of Portuguese prosecutors. A year ago the Daily Mail ran a tasteless story about them being liable to fetch 1 million from publishers. The Sun did mention a leak in late July this year. But nothing much had emerged.

There were follow-ups to the NoW's scoop, including this one in the Daily Telegraph. Google is showing more than 3,000 stories about the diaries in various publications around the world.

I forgot about the matter until today someone urged me to try the link to the News of the World's website once again. The diaries had been taken down (though, of course, the link from Google remains in place). Then she revealed that lawyers were now "heavily involved."

No, I thought, surely the NoW's accident prone editor Colin Myler had not cocked things up again? He could not have run the diaries without obtaining permission from Kate McCann, could he?

My source, under no illusion about Myler's supposed abilities, is adamant that the News of the World is in very hot water indeed. "I understand Gerry and Kate are very upset," she said. "Even though the paper tried to dress it all up as sympathetic, it was obviously a grotesque intrusion into their privacy."

And then there's the copyright problem too. After the previous court settlements in favour of the McCanns, this is one giant - if rather obvious - editorial mistake.

 

September 2007

01 MAIL-13-09-2007

Kate McCann's Madeleine diaries could fetch 1 million from publishers

 

July 2008

02

CORREIO DA MANHA 26-07-2008

Kate forced political pressure Revelations Maddie's mother's notes prove Goncalo Amaral right
     
03 CORREIO DA MANHA 27-07-2008 Secrets of Kate: Walks were staged
     
04 CORREIO DA MANHA 27-07-2008 Kate managed the news and controlled the English
     
05 CORREIO DA MANHA 28-07-2008 Kate irritated with the PJ on the first day
     
06

CORREIO DA MANHA 28-07-2008

Policeman irritates Kate for not offering coffee
     
07 SUN 28-07-08 Kate's Maddie diaries leaked
     
08

CORREIO DA MANHA 29-07-2008

Kate tried everything to accuse Murat
     
09

CORREIO DA MANHA1-29-7-2008

Kate tried everything to accuse Murat -1
     
10

CORREIO DA MANHA 30-7-2008

McCanns pressure PJ
     
11

CORREIO DA MANHA 31-07-2008

Kate tried to hide twins' tantrums
 

August 2008

12

CORREIO_DA_MANHA 01-08-2008

Kate McCann devalued clues
     
13

CORREIO_DA_MANHA1 -01-08-2008

Kate devalued 'leads' of Maddie  
 

September 2008

14 ANTENA3 11-09-2008 Kate McCann was obsessed with getting her children to sleep
     
15 NEWS OF THE WORLD 14-09-2008 Read Kate  McCann's diary
     
16 MAIL 14-09-2008 Kate McCann's secret diary: 'How can I go on knowing Madeleine's life could have ended like this?'
     
17 MAIL1 14-09-2008 My sweetheart, my darling...Kate McCann's secret Madeleine diary revealed Daily Mail
     
18 TELEGRAPH_15_09_2008 Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann's diary reveals anguish of losing her
     
19 EXPRESS- 15-09-2008 HEARTBREAK DIARY REVEALS KATE'S ANGER AND DESPAIR
     
20 GUARDIAN 18-09-08 News of the World in hot water for publishing Kate McCann's diaries
     
21 MIRROR-19-09-2008

Kate McCann furious at publication of diary in Sunday tabloid

     
22 SUN-19-09-2008 Kate McCann: An apology
     
23 NEWS OF THE WORLD 20-09-08 Kate McCann apology
     
24 SKY NEWS-21-09-2008 Paper's Apology Over Kate's Diary
     
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