Tabloids print front-page apology to McCanns
Two tabloid newspapers have today published front-page apologies and paid out ‘substantial’ damages for implying the parents of Madeleine McCann were involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
The Daily Express and Daily Star have printed apologies relating to more than 100 articles published by them and their Sunday sister editions.
The damages – reputed to be a six-figure sum – will be paid directly to the Find Madeleine fund.
Both newspapers accepted that Kate and Gerry McCann were ‘completely innocent’ of any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.
After being threatened with legal action, the papers toned down their coverage of the story and any undertones of the McCann’s involvement.
Kate and Gerry McCann agreed on an out of court settlement which includes a spoken apology to be read out before a High Court judge today, by a solicitor for Express Newspapers.
Today’s written apology in the Daily Express reads: ‘We accept that a number of articles in the newspaper have suggested that the couple caused the death of their missing daughter Madeleine and then covered it up.
‘We acknowledge that there is no evidence whatsoever to support this theory and that Kate and Gerry are completely innocent of any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.’
A friend of the McCann couple commented: ‘It will not bring Madeleine back but if the resolution of this case helps to find her then all well and good.’