Sir Christopher Meyer, a former Press Complaints Commission chairman,
has given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and defended the role of the
PCC in relation to press coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine
Sir Christopher said the PCC had "made particular efforts" to make
themselves available to Kate and Gerry McCann after Madeleine went
missing, contacting the British embassy in Lisbon within 48 hours of her
disappearance in Portugal in May 2007.
He said the McCanns had needed the press for the sake of publicity but
had been forced to strike a "Faustian bargain".
Sir Christopher said Portuguese police had been "leaking like sieves"
and journalists were under pressure to keep the story running and
started taking risks.