Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral to self-publish his book in the UK


Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Madeleine McCann investigation, has contacted the editor of his book, “Maddie: The Truth About The Lie”, seeking to recover its copyright, with the ultimate purpose of publishing the book in the UK himself.

Based on the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, “The Truth About The Lie” has sold over 200 thousand copies in Portugal, and has been translated and published in several countries, like France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Belgium.

A documentary that is based on the book was broadcast by TVI in Portugal and reached an audience of 2,2 million viewers, was sold and broadcast in other countries, like Spain and Denmark, where it generated added interest in the case.

"The Truth About The Lie" has not been published in the UK, where no editor seems to be willing to risk upsetting the McCann couple.

Similarly, the documentary has not been broadcast by any British television channel.

Many British citizens have been forced to search for, and watch, the documentary on the internet, in order to access factual information that has otherwise not been made available by the UK media, in general.




Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Madeleine McCann investigation, has contacted the editor of his book, “Maddie: The Truth About The Lie”, seeking to recover its copyright, with the ultimate purpose of publishing the book in the UK himself.

Based on the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, “The Truth About The Lie” has sold over 200 thousand copies in Portugal, and has been translated and published in several countries, like France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Belgium.

A documentary that is based on the book was broadcast by TVI in Portugal and reached an audience of 2,2 million viewers, was sold and broadcast in other countries, like Spain and Denmark, where it generated added interest in the case.

"The Truth About The Lie" has not been published in the UK, where no editor seems to be willing to risk upsetting the McCann couple.

Similarly, the documentary has not been broadcast by any British television channel.

Many British citizens have been forced to search for, and watch, the documentary on the internet, in order to access factual information that has otherwise not been made available by the UK media, in general.





http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/08/goncalo-amaral-to-self-publish-his-book.html
Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Madeleine McCann investigation, has contacted the editor of his book, “Maddie: The Truth About The Lie”, seeking to recover its copyright, with the ultimate purpose of publishing the book in the UK himself.

Based on the criminal investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, “The Truth About The Lie” has sold over 200 thousand copies in Portugal, and has been translated and published in several countries, like France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Belgium.

A documentary that is based on the book was broadcast by TVI in Portugal and reached an audience of 2,2 million viewers, was sold and broadcast in other countries, like Spain and Denmark, where it generated added interest in the case.

"The Truth About The Lie" has not been published in the UK, where no editor seems to be willing to risk upsetting the McCann couple.

Similarly, the documentary has not been broadcast by any British television channel.

Many British citizens have been forced to search for, and watch, the documentary on the internet, in order to access factual information that has otherwise not been made available by the UK media, in general.




21 comments:

J J said...

Hello Claudia

That sounds like good news. But the next hurdle will be to try and get shops to sell the book.

nancy said...

Claudia - and hi everyone!

Great news on this thread.
I sincerely hope Goncalo is successful in publishing his book here in the UK. It will be a sell out and mainly because we have been prevented from reading it! It's human nature to want what we've not been allowed to have! The outrageous power some people have over the rest of us is mind boggling!

We are fortunate that there are others of his ilk, namely Tony Bennett, Debbie and others in his Foundation, who have brought another version of events to the general public, rather than what they have all been spoonfed by the McCann team. It's patronising to say that the people of Rothley should not have been allowed to see the leaflet. Many people who don't use the internet have had a chance of learning what's on the other side of the coin.

We are getting more like a third world dictatorship with each passing day with people telling us what we can and can't read, wear, watch, say, etc. etc.

JUSTICE FOR MADELEINE AND FOR GONCALO AMARAL.

Anonymous said...

This is great news Cláudia :-) The sooner the better too!

I sent all of you an email a while ago but Zetta said I'd missed you off. I did select your name but somehow it didn't get added! I'll forward it to you.

Sorry I haven't been around to post recently. Things have been a bit nuts in my household. I'm getting ready for an art exhibition today, so I've been feverishly painting. I've also met a lovely man :-) He lives an hour away from me but that's not so bad.

Hope you guys are all well,

Dylan xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, JJ.
Yes, it will. let's see what happens. To be honest, nothing surprises me anymore re the UK's 'problem' re freedom of expression.
xxxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy.
I hope so.
Like you, I always respect people who act and not only talk. Even if I don't always agree with what they say or do because I respect the courage to act on someone's beliefs.
Let's hope the UK shows the world that freedom of expression is one of the most important values.
xxxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan!
Great to read you and to know you're well and happy. :-)
I'm looking forward to reading your e-mail. :-)
xxxx

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia and all,

Ooh! I can't wait until I am sitting in a comfy chair reading Dr Goncalo Amaral's book. The book by the man who was the first Senior Invesitgator in this case!

lizzy said...

Hi Claudia
Brilliant news, can't wait to read it. You must be proud of Mr Amaral he is a brave man and man of principle.
Lizzy x

Zetta said...

I have to disagree with the comments about the British goverment stopping people from getting different points of view about this case. If they really wanted to stop people and they really insisted on only one version of events being put forward, then they would ban Amaral from self-publishing, block programmes from abroad which mention Amaral's book, not sell Portuguese newspapers, etc. The fact that people here know about the book shows that no-one is stopping anyone.

The reason people are self-publishing is that the publishing houses don't want to be sued. I don't suppose for a minute that Rosie's awful effort would have been published by a proper publishing house either for the same reason. Let's imagine that Rosie went further and wrote exactly what she thought of Amaral and threw in a few of her own conclusions for good measure - which, for argument's sake, were completely false. Would that be acceptable?

People "expressed themselves freely" about Murat, too. There were things printed about him in the paper which may or may not have been true, pictures of his daughter were shown, nutters were threatening his family because of all the free expression the journalists enjoyed, he had no privacy at all.

Non-censorship comes with responsibilities towards others. What a total mess we would all be in if this wasn't recognised.

Cláudia said...

Hello, all.
Just hitting the publish button at the moment. Will be back later. :-)
xxxx

JennyH said...

I have to agree with Zetta. It doesn't help anyone's case to make over-the-top allegations about lack of freedom in the UK. There is minimal censorship -- some say too little -- and there is no comparison at all with a Third World Dictatorship, under which I am sure nobody on this blog has ever lived. Britain has a proud history of freedom. The fact that we have an overly bureaucratic government right now does not change that one iota.

If such an extreme statement were to be made in our (free) press or on our (free) TV or even at a social gathering everyone would find it hilarious. In fact I doubt whether even the BNP would be that extreme.

No publishing house can risk litigation, which would surely follow if Amaral's book were published by them. Moreover, even without the threat of libel, most publishers would find it most distasteful to publish allegations against people who have not been charged with anything and who have lost their daughter.

Such a publication would be unprecedented in a country that protects the right of individuals to be presumed innocent. That is one reason why we are a civilised country. How many Third World dictatorships respect such principles? In fact Spain and Portugal have had recent experience of dictatorships. Believe me we have no Franco or Salazar here. We wouldn't stand for it.

The internet offers unlimited opportunities for people of differing opinions to express them.

What I have said here applies whether or not the McCanns are innocent or guilty.

Anonymous said...

Boa tarde Cláudia, entrei no primeiro artigo que me apareceu, pois quero saber como correu a operação da tua madrinha. Espero que bem.
Bjos
Paula

Cláudia said...

Paulinha, mandei-te sms. Mas depois disso soube que a minha tia entrou no bloco cerca das 21h. Obrigada!
Bjs!

Cláudia said...

Just to let you all now that for family reasons I might be away for a couple of days.
My aunt's surgery went apparently well (she just left the OR). Thanks to all those who cared enough to ask, help, send their good wishes through the blog and e-mail.
xxxx

JennyH said...

Glad to hear that all has gone well so far with your aunt, Claudia, and hope she recovers without any complications.

Cláudia said...

Hi, JennyH.
Thank you.
We'll have to wait to see if it really went as well as the doctor said because at the moment she isn't seeing yet (which is normal because the surgery is so recent). When it happens, then I'll be relieved.
xxxx

J J said...

JennyH said We don't have a Franco or Salaza here, we wouldn't stand for it.

We have an un-elected Gordon Brown here and what do we do.
We moan and moan about him, but we actually do nothing. So in fact we do 'stand for it'

We also have Brown's un-elected cronies in the government.
Brown wants his yes men around him, but he can't risk a by-election so what does he do. He 'promotes' his cronies to the House of Lords. Once they are installed as Life Peers, he then appoints them to government. (Mandleson is obviously the most well known)

So now we are not allowed to elect our government, Brown just appoints who he wants and what do we do about it.
Again we moan and moan and actually do nothing.
So we really do 'stand for it'.
It's a slow bloodless dictatorship by the back door.

Who knows if there will be an election next year, or if Brown will find a national emergency to postpone it indefinately.

Cláudia said...

Hi, JJ.
Politicians are usually all bastards who love democracy when they belong to the opposition but who would love to live in dictatorships when they are in power.
We also had a PM who wasn't elected (but fortunately it lasted only a few months). As bad as politicians are, at least that those in power are elected in a democratic way.

JennyH said...

Sorry JJ -- I only just spotted your post.

Our current goverment has been voted into power by due constitutional process. Our elections are free and fair, so we got what we asked for, didn't we?

British governments are free to change their leadership mid-term, as we are voting for the party not the leader. They are also free to shuffle their cabinets and promote their pals whenever they want. I wouldn't have voted for David Miliband as Foreign Secretary (had I voted for Labour)but that doesn't make his appointment illegitimate.

However, we have a parliament that takes the government to task. If the behaviour of the ruling party becomes unacceptable, the combined opposition is free to bring a Vote of No Confidence in the government; if they win, there has to be an election.

You say people moan and moan but don't do anything about it. What are they supposed to do -- assassinate GB?? Do a Guy Fawkes? They have constituency MPs to get their views across and they have the ballot box. Like all European countries.

Think for a moment how you are able to say everyone is 'moaning', that GB promotes his cronies etc. You get all this info from the free media, in which all points of view are freely expressed. Nobody swoops at dawn and 'disappears' you if you write a furious letter to the press. Or stand outside Parliament with a banner saying 'Brown out' with scurrilous cartoons!

If Parliament had to call an election every time people 'moaned' they would never get any work done. That's why there is a 4-year term of office.

You cannot begin to compare this with a Third World Dictatorship. There you get one vote -- once. Or a ballot paper with one name on it and reprisals if you don't turn out on 'polling day'. Take a trip to Zimbabwe or one of the many less publicised African/Asian/S American dictatorships. Believe me I have first-hand knowledge, and I know the difference.

Claudia knows from her parents what it was like under Salazar and how important freedom is. Same for Spain and Franco. There is no comparison.

Apart from anything else, isn't it odd that we have all these swarms of immigrants desperate to live in this 'Third World Dictatorship?' and even die in the attempt. Oops, that dictatorship is what they are escaping, right?

Like you, I am sick to death of Gordon Brown and his pals. I imagine there are many other Europeans who feel the same about their PMs and/or Governments. Italy, for example. Or France.

I also know we are a nation of whingers. We are damn lucky to live here -- something you recognise when you've lived elsewhere. And damn lucky to be able to make our little cross on the ballot paper next year.

Zetta said...

Totally agree, JennyH.

At least people are allowed to whinge. Try whinging under a regime like Saddam Hussein's!

Cláudia said...

Hello, all.
Lunch break. Hot as hell here.
I think complaining is a right that everybody should have. Not a privilege. Without freedom there is no dignity and we can never take it for granted. Never.
And now that I have expressed my philosophical views, I'm going to answer my e-mails and work. ;-(