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Where's proof to judge over Madeleine case?

I refer to the article by Lindy McDowell, "Why would you leave a child like that? Anything could have happened to her" (Comment, May 3).

It is a pity I need to use my email to respond to your article, Lindy. I never really respond to news articles, as a lot of them these days infuriate me with the dramatic headlines. I, however, for the first time in my 45 years, feel I need to respond to your article.

Of all the issues - and tragic issues - going on in this world, why, oh why, did you feel you had to write this?

Unless you are absolutely sure of what happened to Madeleine McCann, it was pointless.

This tragic loss of a child could have happened anywhere, in any town, in any village, in any resort. But it happened in that town, that resort. Unfortunate for the residents, but the main issue is - and always will be - that a child has gone missing. You failed to highlight that. You have your opinion. As a journalist, that is all you have. But not unless you are sure can you lay blame.

I feel, in your article, you not only give your opinion, but you blame a tragedy for the misfortune that has befallen the residents.

Therein lies the problem with journalists these days: too afraid to tell the truth on real issues, but more than happy to analyse without proof and be antagonistic to those - like me - that are genuinely hurt that a little child has gone missing - let alone her family. You may as well have pointed the finger, but with no real proof.

All you chose to do is find something - anything - to write about.

I do not have a platform, but if I did, I would say today's Press is not only lazy, but our media are too afraid to tell the truth about the real issues.

mary ward

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