Tuesday, 18 September 2007

A blatant lye form Paul Harris and Sam Greenhill, from the Daily Mail, about Portuguese police spokesman having quit over McCanns' treatment

PAUL HARRIS and SAM GREENHILL, on the Daily Mail, wrote that "Portuguese police in turmoil as spokesman quits over McCanns' treatment". They say that "the official police spokesman in the Madeleine case has quit over the way the McCanns were treated, it has emerged." This is a blattant lye and Mr Olegário de Sousa formaly denied it, on September 17:

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa is said to have quit in disgust at the way the missing girl's parents have been treated, according to Martin Brunt, from Sky News. Chief-Inspector Olegário de Sousa denies those allegations: “Mr. Martin Brunt's story, once again, is completely false. The last time I talked with Mr. Martin Brunt was on September 11, the day when Mr. Martin Brunt had another utterly false story, about a 100% DNA match being found, by Police, on the McCann's hired car. On that day, before he put that false story on the air, we talked, around 7.00 pm, and he didn't asked me any question about DNA, that subject wasn't even mentioned,” Olegário de Sousa told


Anonymous said...


What time did Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa deny the report on the 17th September? I see from the article in the Daily Mail that this was updated at "09:25am on 17th September 2007". Is it not possible that the article was written prior to the Chief Inspector refuting it?

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Anonymous,

The story was written before Mr Olegário denial. But a basic journalistic rule is to contact the subject of the news and ask him about what you will publich.

Also, according to the Code of Pratice for the British Press (http://www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html), a "significant inaccuracy, mis-leading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published (Clause ii, nº1 - http://www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html)


Paulo Reis

Story published by Daily Mail:


Denial from Mr. Olegário:


Anonymous said...


this is one of all lies in this case, and as everyone ( that wants ) can see is not only the press that is hidding the truth !