The Portugal News has picked up the online Mirror story about alleged ghouls tours of Luz, and re-hashed it at http://theportugalnews.com/news/maddie-ghouls-tour-causes-outrage/39759?
The Portugal News claims to be the largest-circulation English language news site in Portugal. It is published by Anglopress Edicões e Publicidade Lda, based in Lagoa (which is a town quite distinct from Lagos). The contacts page notes the publisher as Paul Allen-Luckman and the editor as Brendan De Beer.
Without checkng up, I know that Mr Luckman has previous involvement with the Madeleine McCann case, as there is a video interview by Eamonn Holmes on YouTube. I don’t know if Mr De Beer has prior experience or not.
The article written by The Portugal New on 6 Oct 2016 currently appears on the front page of their web site, and also appears as the second most popular story amongst those viewed by their readers. This rather surprises me given that most personal contacts I have had have long since ceased to find ‘news’ about Madeleine McCann to be of interest.
The article appears to be based on 3 main sources – the Mirror story, my blog response to the Mirror story, and sundry bits from elsewhere.
I have not been contacted by The Portugal News, so everything attributed to me is a bit of a copy-and-paste job.
To put things into perspective, Lagoa, where the publishing company is registered, is around half an hour from Luz. I have been through it on many an occasion, It happens to be immediately north of Carvoeiro, a small beach village, where we once rented a villa. Further, Carvoeiro may have a distant but unpleasant connection to the Madeleine case, if I ever manage to get back to the rather grim topic I was exploring before the Mirror story blew up.
Although Lagoa is only 30 minutes away, the journalist who wrote the piece could be located anywhere. The article is not attributed to anyone, and it has the flavour of someone working from home.
Other than stating that the Mirror story has been demolished, there are two specific points I would like to make with respect to the article in The Portugal News.
The first is the Barragem da Bravura. I believe I have covered this under the category of a red herring story on my blog. The rain-sodden note alleged to have turned up on the doorstep of apartment 5A on the first anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, with the problem being it had been bone dry for days beforehand.
I have never visited the Barragem da Bravura, and no-one has ever requested to see it.
As to David Thomas and his comments, here we have another talking head who should learn when to comment and when not to. There is no crime occurring here and nothing is making the community unsafe, so why the founder of Safe Communities Portugal should have any relevance is a mystery. And while Mr Thomas appears to like promoting his own image, it is clear he has not got a clue as to why I choose to keep the spotlight on Madeleine McCann whilst keeping out of the limelight myself.
My blog has a comments section like any other blog, so the Mirror, The Portugal News and any other reader can get in touch with me if they so choose. But it would seem the journalists choose not to do so.