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Friday 28 August 2015

Papers made 'scapegoats' over Madeleine McCann

By Sam Marsden And Rose Silverman

Published 13/01/2012

Scotland Yard is reinvestigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Scotland Yard is reinvestigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

The owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star has said that his newspapers were "scapegoated" for their coverage of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

Richard Desmond told the Leveson Inquiry that his titles were "the only honest ones and straightforward ones" as they had printed a front-page apology to the missing girl's parents and paid them a £550,000 libel settlement.

He hit out at a former head of the Press Complaints Commission for criticising Daily Express editor Peter Hill over the paper's reporting of the case.

"Every paper was doing the same thing, which is why every paper, or most papers, paid money to the McCanns. Only we were scapegoated by the ex-chairman of the PCC," he said.

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