David Cameron has “pushed aside” victims of press intrusion and sided with media proprietors, Madeleine McCann’s father has said as the prime minister was accused of failing to keep his promises on reform.
Gerry McCann accused the prime minister of being too close to media owners and said the “conflict of interest” was the only explanation for the delay on implementing recommendations from the Leveson inquiry.
Mr McCann, who won damages along with his wife Kate McCann over false stories about Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007, said press victims had “no confidence” in Ipso, the new press regulator set up by the industry in opposition to one recommended by the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.
“I don’t know any victims of the press who thinks Ipso is fit for purpose,” he told The Today Programme. “We have been pushed aside and the centre ground is being taken by the media owners.”
The search for Madeleine McCann is near its end, according to a report posted on Closer. Authorities in the UK have confirmed that detectives have just six months to search for the missing child before the case is officially closed. That means the investigation and search associated with the British girl’s disappearance could end without any closure. Will the world ever know what happened to Maddie?
The Irish News reports that Home Secretary Theresa May has saved the investigation from closing immediately by granting authorities more funds. She signed off for investigators to use another £95,000 in grant money toward looking for Madeleine and finding out what happened to her nearly a decade ago while her family vacationed in Portugal. The official end of the investigation was scheduled to occur this month, much to the publicized distress of the missing child’s parents. Now they have another six months to hope that investigators with Operation Grange do what is needed to either bring Maddie home or bring to justice the person or persons responsible for her disappearance.