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Gerry McCann speech , Hacked Off conference February 11th 2013

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Post by russiandoll on 11.02.13 16:57

http://hackinginquiry.org/news/leveson-without-the-law-is-no-change-gerry-mccann/

Leveson without the law is no change – Dr Gerry McCann

Posted February 11th, 2013 by Hacked Off & filed under News.

Today,
at the Hacked Off conference on the Leveson Bill, Dr Gerry McCann gave
the keynote speech on where we are now, two and a half months after Lord
Justice Leveson published his recommendations on press regulation. This
is his speech in full.


Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I
don’t often find myself making speeches at events like this. But I’m
happy to do so for Hacked Off, because I passionately believe in the
cause. And now is a critical time for the campaign.

We are at a
crossroads. In one direction, the prospect of lasting change to the
failed system of press regulation, based on the painstaking work of Lord
Justice Leveson. In the other, attempts to brush the problem under the
carpet – to create a fix – so that nothing really changes.

Our
elected politicians face a critical choice. They can either do what
Leveson recommends – wholeheartedly and properly – or they can turn
their backs on the issue, and turn their backs on us, the victims of
press abuse.

Kate and I had the misfortune to suffer the worst that the press could throw at us.

• We were labelled as murderers without a shred of evidence.

• Stories were published saying our daughter was dead – over and over again, with no evidence.

• We were subjected to round-the-clock intrusion at a time of terrible stress, with photographers camped outside our door.

• We were intimidated. Our young children, especially, were scared out of their wits.

• My wife’s private diary, revealing her innermost thoughts in her darkest days, was published without her consent.

• Rumours were dressed up as the truth


and downright lies became front-page news. One newspaper claimed that
we sold Madeleine into slavery in order to pay off our mortgage.

The
slurs went on for months- despite our best efforts: Meetings with
editors, assurances from our lawyers, a letter from the chief constable
of Leicestershire police calling for restraint- all ignored. And they
continued for the simple reason that there was no-one and nothing with
the power to stop them.

People say: ‘Your experience was so
unusual, we can’t draw any lessons from it.’ Well I disagree. Our
experience was extreme, but it was a consequence of the same sick
culture that led to the abuse of many other people, some of whom are
here in this room today.

An insatiable hunt for headlines
combined with a total lack of respect for other people. The mentality
that can turn a family’s distress into cold, hard cash. Profit from
misery.

In our case it led to the sacrifice, not only of the
truth, but of our dignity, privacy, well-being and most importantly the
search for our missing daughter, Madeleine.

I believe we have a responsibility, as decent citizens in a democratic and caring society, to learn lessons from it.

The parliamentary select committee on the media said in 2010:

“The
newspaper industry’s assertion that the McCann case is a one-off event
shows that it is in denial about the scale and gravity of what went
wrong and about the need to learn from those mistakes. The industry’s
words and actions suggest a desire to bury the affair without
confronting its serious implications, the kind of avoidance which
newspapers would criticise mercilessly and rightly if it occurred in any
other part of society.”

Three years later, I see little remorse,
no contrition. Sections of the press are still in denial. The sick
culture has not changed, and they can’t be trusted to change it of their
own accord.

If you look at the reporting of the Leveson Inquiry
and the behaviour of some newspapers since then, it’s clear that they
aren’t sorry and they still think they should not have to answer to
anyone when they publish harmful lies and distortions.

The reason
Kate and I put ourselves through the ordeal of giving evidence to
Leveson was simple: Nobody should have to endure what we went through. A
system has to be put in place to protect ordinary people from the
devastating damage that the media can cause.

When David Cameron
set up the Leveson Inquiry he said in parliament: “We must keep the
public – and the victims of what has now emerged – front and centre at
all times.” And he also said: ‘We will have to be guided by what the
inquiry finds.”

When he gave his own evidence to the Leveson
inquiry he promised to protect the people who have been thrown to the
wolves as we were. We saw this as grounds for hope that we’d see real
change.

What Lord Leveson proposed last November is not tough on
the press and it’s not a threat to free speech. For me personally, he
did not go far enough. It seems to me that the judge did everything he
could to make his proposals workable for the newspapers while giving the
public some protection.

In the end they get to regulate
themselves, which is something very few industries are allowed to do,
and which many people felt they had lost the right to do so.

For
us and for other victims of press abuses, Leveson’s proposal is the
minimum acceptable compromise – and, judging by the opinion polls, the
public feels the same way.

But what has happened? Two and a half
months on we can see precious little progress towards implementation of
Leveson, and we are hearing backsliding words from politicians. This is
an opportunity for our elected MP’s, whose reputation with the British
public is at an all time low, to redeem themselves. The Leveson report
is not something to be negotiated with their friends in the press. Any
watering down of the Leveson plan now, whether in a Bill or a Royal
Charter or whatever, would be like surrendering to the press and saying
the whole Leveson process was a waste of time.

And the idea that
Kate and I, and all those other victims, might have relived our darkest
days in the full glare of the media, for no good reason, is offensive.
If our testimony was in vain, it will be a permanent stain on the
reputation of this Government, and I believe that many other families
will pay a heavy price in press mistreatment.”

Sometimes it seems
as if our politicians just don’t know what the right thing to do is.
Just like in the past, they seem to be so compromised by their own
relationships with the press that they are unable to see what needs to
be done for the sake of the public. And that is exactly what the
newspapers want. They want politicians to squabble and manoeuvre, so
that they get to carry on business as usual. They need a compliant
Government to tiptoe around them and avoid hurting their feelings.

It’s
obvious that no one wants the Government to shackle the press. What we
all want is a free press –indeed Leveson would enshrine it- but we need a
free press which is both responsible and accountable- two values which
are in short supply. So that if the press trample on people, they have
some remedy.

We need a proper watchdog whose independence and
effectiveness is guaranteed. That is what Leveson recommends. He says
the press can regulate themselves, on condition that their regulator
meets some basic standards. He says what those standards are, and he
says there must be an independent body that checks those standards are
met. He says that it is essential- not desirable, ESSENTIAL- that the
body carrying out the checks is set up in statute, though it must be
completely free of political influence after that.

Considering
what the press has been doing to people, they should see that as a good
deal. All the polls show that is what the public thinks. And it looks as
though most parliamentarians think that too.

Leveson without the
law is no change. It’s the PCC all over again. It’s the world we know,
of newspapers abusing innocent families with impunity. What happened to
us would happen to other British families in the future.

It is up
to our Prime Minister and our other politicians to prevent that. He
promised he would. To keep his promise, all he has to do is follow what
Leveson said, and put the Leveson recommendations into law through
parliament, without meddling and back-door deals. And without checking
whether the press is happy about it.

There can’t be any half
measures or compromises. Leveson made many concessions to the press so
his recommendations are already a compromise. In fact they are the
minimum acceptable compromise for the people who, in the Prime
Minister’s words, were “picked up and thrown to the wolves.” That is us.
That is Kate and I, and some of the people in this room, and many other
people around the country.

I said at the beginning that we are at a crossroads. Please, this time, let’s choose the right road.

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Re: Gerry McCann speech , Hacked Off conference February 11th 2013

Post by Nina on 11.02.13 17:04

There will be some who will believe this and think what a wonderful chap he is, putting himself out by giving of his very valuable time for the sake of others.

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Post by plebgate on 11.02.13 17:06

Some will believe it indeed
Hugh Grant
Charlotte Church
Steve Coogan
to name a few. I aint got much time for any of them. Poor me, poor me. Well if they didn't give the press ammo. they wouldn't be HACKED OFF.

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Post by Smokeandmirrors on 11.02.13 17:08

So Mr McCann wants the press to be responsible and accountable. Noble words, and if six years ago he had adopted that very stance himself I doubt we'd be here today.

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Post by PeterMac on 11.02.13 17:14

I wonder who wrote that. It does not sound like his normal use of English.
edited to add-
On second thoughts he still cannot get his head round the accusative "me".
"It is Kate and I"
So perhaps he did write some of it.

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Post by plebgate on 11.02.13 17:16

eeerrrrm ya know errrrr ya right P.Mac it certainly doesn't sound like his normal use of English.

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Post by PeterMac on 11.02.13 17:22

"In the end they get to regulate themselves, which is something very few industries are allowed to do, Except the Medical Professional, obviously !!
and which many people felt they had lost the right to do so."


Yes this is more like it. Ungrammatical stuff.
"which many people felt they had lost the right to do so"
Or in English,
which many people felt they had lost the right to do
or
Many people felt they had lost the right to do so

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Post by Woofer on 11.02.13 17:25

I think the press are going to be pretty hacked off with you Gerry, after you`ve manipulated and used them to perpetuate your lies and spin .... remember .... you started it Gerry dear. Now you turn round and bite the hand that`s filled your pockets.

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Post by aiyoyo on 11.02.13 17:25

Oh dear, it is just me me me and us us us.....playing the victims through and through.
They forgot they used the press to spin and the press complied with them accordingly all under the watchful eyes of their PR and legal machinery.
So if they'd fed stories to the press which got printed even though Press was without ways of verifying their stories why shouldn't the press have the same liberty to print stories from other sources when it is apparent investigative journalism is not the practice of the day, but profit is.

So Cameron approving Op Grange is not good enough. Gerry wants total control of the Government to their will.

Geez, this man's brass neck isn't going to be lost on this government.

ETA: This is not written by their PR machinery neither has it been proof read IMO. This is Gerry's penmanship through and through.

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Post by PeterMac on 11.02.13 17:25

'The mentality that can turn a family’s distress into cold, hard cash. Profit from misery."
That's not a reference to Madeleine's misery is it, and the several million pounds of profit the McCanns have made from her ?
Or a snide reference to his wife's turning his own family's evident distress into cold, hard cash ?

No. I thought not.

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Post by Guest on 11.02.13 17:28

Gerry McCann: prime minister must address sick culture in UK press


Hacked Off and father of missing girl Madeleine voice concerns after meeting with David Cameron over press regulation





Lisa O'Carroll

guardian.co.uk, Monday 11 February 2013 16.52 GMT



http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/feb/11/gerry-mccann-hacked-off-david-cameron-press-regulations

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Post by PeterMac on 11.02.13 17:32

"If you look at the reporting of the Leveson Inquiry and the behaviour of some newspapers since then, it’s clear that they
aren’t sorry and they still think they should not have to answer to anyone when they publish harmful lies and distortions."


But, Gerry, when they try to print the truth, you pay Carter-Ruck to step in and stop them.
So which do you prefer ?
A press which publishes lies and distortions, which you can prove are lies and distortions
or a press which publishes the truth, which you will not like at all.
In which case Parliament has to control libel lawyers.

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Post by pennylane on 11.02.13 17:36

"One newspaper claimed that we sold Madeleine into slavery in order to pay off our mortgage."


I have to agree with Gerry... that's a downright spurious lie.

Everyone knows they used the Find Madeleine Fund to pay off their mortgage!

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Post by Smokeandmirrors on 11.02.13 17:38

The bloke just comes across as a bit of a w@***r, right from the off dictating what everyone else should be doing. Didn't do what he was supposed to do and get a babysitter or stay with his babies though, did he? Anyway, they both come across as insufferable, and THAT is why the press went after them in a big way (in addition to the obvious Swiss cheese nature of their version of events). The press don't go after genuinely nice people. There are many people in the public sphere that, because they are kind, gracious and humble, the press completely leave alone. There are scores of musicians, actors, authors etc who the public would be interested in but they are left alone because they are nice decent people.

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Post by Dr What on 11.02.13 17:39

What utter drivel.
They were not innocent victims at all.They courted and encouraged the media, used them, but then got annoyed when the media started reporting things that were not in the script.
A manipulative man with a very brazen attitude.

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Post by Guest on 11.02.13 17:41

He's biting the hand that feeds. What gives him this courage ... ? How can he feel safe to do this?

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Post by Dr What on 11.02.13 17:46

...because there is no body.No evidence against them.
Until that happens, he can hold that line.Maybe he is very confident that no body will ever be found.

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Post by aiyoyo on 11.02.13 17:52

@PeterMac wrote:'The mentality that can turn a family’s distress into cold, hard cash. Profit from misery."
That's not a reference to Madeleine's misery is it, and the several million pounds of profit the McCanns have made from her ?
Or a snide reference to his wife's turning his own family's evident distress into cold, hard cash ?

No. I thought not.

The mentality that can turn a tragedy into cold, hard cash. Profit from crime.
They profit on Maddie's back from the word GO, that is alright then hey? Who says crime does not pay?
They are continuing to do so even today with Kate's paperback version of 'madeleine', worsen by the fact they didn't have the decency to respect their missing daughter when Kate deliberately wrote the first letter of her name in lower cap.

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Post by aiyoyo on 11.02.13 17:58

@Dr What wrote:What utter drivel.
They were not innocent victims at all.They courted and encouraged the media, used them, but then got annoyed when the media started reporting things that were not in the script.
A manipulative man with a very brazen attitude.

Yes, the press should be held responsible and accountable for printing their lies.
They should be severely punished for pandering to the mccanns spin and from now on should publish only the truth from the Police files in order to redeem their integrity.

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Post by Truthmustout on 11.02.13 18:02

@pennylane wrote: "One newspaper claimed that we sold Madeleine into slavery in order to pay off our mortgage."
!

And notice the need to put "without evidence " behind every allegation but that one big grin

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Post by PeterMac on 11.02.13 18:13

@aiyoyo wrote:Yes, the press should be held responsible and accountable for printing their lies.
They should be severely punished for pandering to the mccanns spin and from now on should publish only the truth from the Police files in order to redeem their integrity.
Every one of the made up sightings.
Everything given to them by Mitchell without full supporting verifiable evidence.
Every time they bow to pressure from Carter-Ruck without having the evidence and the detail fully explained of why what they are about to say is defamatory.
Yes, I would like a Press like that .

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Post by Guest on 11.02.13 18:16

Hmm talking of a responsible press, anyone hear anyone from the 'hacked off' campaign mention anything about the poor victims who are publicised and photographed all over the media as sightings of Madeleine? Has anyone thought to warn the press about their media intrusion in relation to these sightings , with the poor children having DNA samples taken etc. I'm sure the parents of all these children over the years are hacked off too. NO sighting should be publicised, except on the say so of the police force dealing with it. This is press intrusion at its worst imo, these poor families don't deserve it, they have done nothing to warrant it.

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Post by jd on 11.02.13 18:17

Was kate mccann there with him? (sorry can't bring myself to watch this)

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Post by Guest on 11.02.13 18:17

I couldn't agree more, Candyfloss.

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Post by Guest on 11.02.13 18:19

@jd wrote:Was kate mccann there with him? (sorry can't bring myself to watch this)
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Sorry. Is there a link to a video?
I think I could brace myself and watch ....

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