Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

If Stones Could Float: The British Press and the Turks and Caicos Boat Disaster

By: Peter Hallward – Updated on 6 September 2007 [1] Every now and then something happens which helps to shed a little light on the way our newspapers distinguish between what counts as news and what doesn�t. Consider how the British press handled two very different disappearances, the nights of 3 and 4 May 2007. In early May two British doctors, Kate and Gerry McCann, were on holiday in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. The McCanns say that on the night of 3 May they went out to dinner at a tapas bar near their hotel, leaving their three-year old daughter Madeleine behind with their two other young children. At some point that evening, Madeleine was apparently abducted or otherwise removed from their unlocked apartment, and she hasn�t been seen since. Nobody who lived within reach of […]

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