April 27, 2008

A Rare British Tabloid Apology

When strict libel laws meet loose standards journalistic standards, front pages can be turned into newspaper mea culpas.

Michael Gluckstadt

There was little surprise for Gelf in seeing Gerry and Kate McCann on the cover of The Daily Express, as we've already chronicled the British press's obsession with the story of missing child Madeline McCann and the plight of her parents. It was, however, downright shocking to see the paper apologizing to the family for its sensational coverage of the case, which has included criminal allegations against the parents. The headlines reading "Kate and Gerry McCann: Sorry" across the covers of the Express and its sister papers—the Daily Star, the Sunday Star, and the Sunday Express—came about as a result of a successful libel suit filed by the McCanns against the Express newspapers. The papers were also required to pay more than $1 million in damages and had to remove all of the offending stories from their news archives. Robert Murat, another named suspect in the Maddy kidnapping, is—quite literally—following suit.

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