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Parents of missing UK child call for media tactic changes

By Jill Lawless
Associated Press / November 24, 2011
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The parents of missing child Madeleine McCann called yesterday for fundamental changes to Britain’s media culture, saying they were left distraught by false stories and the publication of private information by a rapacious tabloid press. Kate and Gerry McCann told a media ethics inquiry that they felt powerless in the face of stories, based on confected evidence, suggesting they had killed their daughter, who vanished during the British family’s vacation in Portugal in 2007. The disappearance of the 3-year-old, and her parents’ search for her, fueled a media frenzy.

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