After the sentence of the Portuguese Supreme Court that acquitted Gonçalo Amaral and overruled a previous sentence, from a lower level court, banning the sales of the book in Portugal, several British publishers showed interest in printing a English version of “The Truth of the Lie”, for sale in UK and contacted several Portuguese lawyers, in order to have more details about the sentence, sources from the Portuguese legal area told MMDB (Madeleine McCann Disappearance Blog).
We asked Gonçalo Amaral if he had received any contact from any British publisher about a possible publication of “The truth of the Lie” in UK, but he refused to comment. According to our sources, the fact that the sentence of Portuguese Supreme Court quoted the European Convention of Human Rights [which the European Court of Human Rights is in charge of upholding] and made references about rulings of that Court, in cases of conflict between privacy rights and Freedom of Expression, may have been some kind of turning point for those publishers, who see it as a “green light” to go on with a UK edition of “The Truth of the Lie”.
The Portuguese Supreme Court, in its ruling, decided hat there was no defamatory content in Amaral's book, just a factual description of the first 5 months of investigation into Maddie's disappearance, with most facts having been already made public, through the Portuguese Media. Gonçalo Amaral was just exercising his legitimate, legal and fundamental right to Freedom of Expression, as stated in the European Convention on Human Rights, the Portuguese Supreme Court considered.
Those British publishers expect to be taken to court by the McCann, if they go on with the publication but, as one of them mentioned to a Portuguese lawyer, they consider they have another strong defense argument, to add to the sentence of Portuguese Supreme Court: the so-called “Spycatcher Case”, when the British government tried to stop the publication of the memories of Peter Wright, a former M.I.5 agent. The book was published in Australia but the British Government banned it in England. However, “Spycatcher” was on sale on Scotland, as British courts had no jurisdiction there.
The Government also issued “gag orders” to all British newspapers, to avoid the publication of reports, reviews or excerpts of the book. At the time, the prestigious “The Economist” run a blank page with a boxed explanation:
“In all but one country, our readers have on this page a review of 'Spycatcher,' a book by an ex-M.I.5-man, Peter Wright. The exception is Britain, where the book, and comment on it, have been banned. For our 420,000 readers there, this page is blank – and the law is an ass.”
The book was cleared for legitimate sale on 1988, when the Law Lords acknowledged that overseas publication meant it contained no secrets, according to Wikipedia. But Wright was barred from receiving royalties from the sale of the book in the United Kingdom. In November 1991, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the British government had breached the European Convention of Human Rights in gagging its own newspapers.