Monday, 25 June 2007

Sky News: Gangs selling children at public auctions in supermarket car-parks in Portugal

Madeleine’s abduction “may be linked to a trafficking network that sees children put on the market for £7,000, detectives have said” - according to Sky News. “Eastern European gangs are holding auctions in supermarket car-parks in Portugal and France. Officers in France have released details of the trade, as they believe it may be related to the four-year-old's disappearance, a Sky source said. In one case, the mother of a baby boy was arrested for attempting to sell her baby North of Lisbon.”

Editor's Note (1): Sky News makes (again...) a MANIPULATION OF ONE SINGLE CASE, publishing FACTS THAT ARE FAKE, MISLEADING AND DISTORTED, at least IN WHAT CONCERNS TO PORTUGAL Let's take a look of what really happened, in the case referred by Sky News, “the mother of a baby boy that was arrested for attempting to sell her baby North of Lisbon.”

1 - A couple of Romanian gypsies, currently living in Guimarães, North of Portugal, was accused, by local residents of Sousel, a small city in Alentejo, South of Portugal, of trying to sell his three months old baby. They knocked at several doors, in Sousel, and asked the residents if they wanted to buy the baby. Cecília Guimarães, a woman of 34 years to who the Romanian couple offered the baby, told the mother to give the child to an institution, as “the baby was crying from hunger”. The mother refused and went away.

Cecília Guimarães went immediately to Police and filled a report about the case. She told Diário de Notícias that the mother didn't asked for a specific amount of money, she just wanted to sell the baby. Few minutes after, GNR (Portuguese rural police) detained the Romanian couple. The baby showed signals of being undernourished and dehydrated, so the local “Child Protection Commission” (a Government body with legal authority to act in any situation of endangered children) gave orders to GNR to send the baby to Paediatric Section of Portalegre Hospital, where she was recovering well. The parents, 20 and 35 years old, will be submitted to a court hearing today.

(May 25, 2007 – Diário de Notícias, in Portuguese – This link has the story translated to English, with the help of Google. It's not a perfect English translation, but is good enough to understand clearly the facts)

2 – Mr. Adam Boulton, Mr. Tim Marshall and Mr. Michael Wilson, Editors of Sky News: What do you intend to do, after seeing this evidence that your story is a MANIPULATION OF ONE SINGLE CASE, and the FACTS ARE FAKE, MISLEADING AND DISTORTED, at least in what concerns to the reference to Portugal?

Editor's Note (2): A little help from my readers in UK: Is there any organization or institution, in UK, with which I can file a complaint about this serious breach of ethics and violation of the most basic journalistic rules, from a TV news channel? Could it be the Broadcast Authority? I filed a complaint against Daily Mail, with the Press Commission Complaints, and the Assistant-Editor of Daily Mail, Charles A. Garside, answered to PCC, which forwarded his letter to me, asking if I agreed to resolve the complaint in an amicable way. Mr. Charles A. Garside assured me that Daily Mail has “drawn the error in to the attention of the Sub Editor concerned and have already corrected the headline”, which had, in his own words, “a potentially misleading point”. I accepted the explanation and considered the complaint resolved.

But PCC informed me that they have no competence to deal with what is published in a web site from a TV news organization. Can somebody help me finding who has the authority to act in these cases?

Thank you

Paulo Reis
pjcv.reis@gmail.com

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/

Not sure if these are the people you are looking for to complain to? It's all I could think of sorry.

Anonymous said...

Indeed Sky News can be investigated by OfCom. This is the link to make a complaint about a specific TV or Radio programme.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/complain/progs/specific/


This is the Ofcom Broadcasting Code that even Sky News has to comply with.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv/ifi/codes/bcode/

Anonymous said...

Indeed Sky News can be investigated by OfCom. This is the link to make a complaint about a specific TV or Radio programme.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/complain/progs/specific/


This is the Ofcom Broadcasting Code that even Sky News has to comply with.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv/ifi/codes/bcode/

Anonymous said...

Hello all,

I agree with Paulo this is not journalism this is marketing and unfortunatly part of todays reality when it comes to newspapers and online media. Headlines catch attention for "clicks" and you often find that the story is very different to what you expected. In my opinion and I am someone who reads many different internet news sources, some will use quotes out of context to suite their version of what is going on/out of context. It is not about the truth anymore it is about getting attention and "clicks"! God bless Madeleine.

jennifer

Anonymous said...

I can understand the desperate search and hope for Madeleine. I do belive that the more "sightings" that is possible the bigger chance it is to find here! Maybe i am wrong. I do belive she is alaive and there must be some truht in these sightings. My belive is that the cops do not tell us more than 10% of this. They cant tell us more because it would be possible to svare of the abductors.

One more thing, since this huge award is all over the world i do belive this comes to a end soon. Even the criminals want this money so i really want to belive that there is somebody that considers to give the information that is needed.
Please let Madeleine get back to here family!!!!!

Best regards
Peter / Sweden

Anonymous said...

Good morning Paulo!
I did get this im my Google alert. I dont know if u seen this before.
http://www.functionpix.com/index.php/article/Madeleine_McCann__Fresh_sightings_and_photographs_in_Southern_Europe/1428/

Regards
Peter / Sweden

pd said...

paulo,thanks for all the good work.

have there been any recent full house-to-house searches in praia da luz?

are the police looking for a body?

there is no information at all in the uk about the police investigation going on.

also, when is robert murat likely to be either charged or released?

Paulo Reis said...

pd:

I'll be updating my page, soon. But as any other human being, sometimes I have to sleep a couple of hours... Yesterday night I was so tired I went to be at 9.00 pm and I waked up today, at 2.00pm....

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

Peter,

Thank's for the link. I'll check it in a few minutes..

Paulo Reis

A. Andress said...

I think it's http://www.ofcom.org.uk, as the other person has suggested.

I am wondering Mr Reis, why you are placing messages on the UK Daily Mirror forum and not just saying the same things here on your blog.

Paulo Reis said...

As you can see, the same thning I say in the Mirror's Forum, I published at my page...

http://gazetadigitalmadeleineandthemedia.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-opinion-about-gerry-and-kate-mccann.html

Anonymous said...

Dear Paulo,
I've been following all sorts of reporting about Madeleine and I respect your integrity as a journalist and a humane man.
I'm sure you can keep up the good work.
Best greetings from Finnish grandmother.

Paulo Reis said...

Hello, "Finnish Grandmother"!

Long time no see your comments, here..

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Hi again!
I am looking forward fot updates Paulo! It feels like the detectives in Malta really does follow something! There are no news on Sky news or The Sun. Since i been following this from the start i have noticed the change. i Do REALLY hope this is because not alarming the abuctors and not because its no longer any news!

I do hope that u have anything to tell us and thanx for a great job u perform!

Regards
Peter /Sweden

Anonymous said...

Hello Paulo!
Have u seen this article?
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/11399/MADDY:+Find+the+Arab's+yacht

If thats Madeleine i do belive she is well taken care of!

Regards
Peter / Sweden

Anonymous said...

hiya p all i can say is good work and keep it up love a england