Duarte Levy..

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Maddie’s parents will not receive money for going to Oprah show

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Kate and Gerry McCann will mark the second anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance with an interview with Oprah Winfrey, on the most famous American talk show. 24horas had already advanced this news, but official confirmation of the show’s date was lacking.
Maddie’s parents are travelling to Chicago next week, where they will complete filming, which had been started in England, of a one-hour special that is dedicated to the case, which will be broadcast on the 3rd of May, and during which they intend to present a new digital image representing the child with the look that she would have today if she were alive.
Contrary to what he had announced in Praia da Luz early this month, the couple’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, confirmed Maddie’s parents’ participation in ‘Oprah’, stressing the fact that the couple is counting on the interview’s broadcast in 144 countries to re-launch the searches for the little girl.
When questioned about payment or a possible financial participation by Oprah to the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell denied by saying that “Kate and Gerry won’t receive the smallest dollar”.

Reply to Gonçalo Amaral

Meanwhile, the documentary that an English television channel came to record in Praia da Luz, early this month, and in which Gerry McCann and two of the friends that spent their holidays with Maddie’s parents participated, is going to be altered.
The producers thus want to include a series of ‘replies’ to the one that TVI broadcast on Monday, which is based on the version of Gonçalo Amaral. This information was confirmed to 24horas yesterday by a member of Mentorn Media, the company that is producing the documentary that Channel Four broadcasts in England on the 7th of May.
According to the same source, the changes were made at Gerry’s request and take into account the version that was given in Valentim de Carvalho’s documentary, where the former inquiry coordinator reaffirms his conviction that the child died in the couple’s apartment at the Ocean Club resort.
The English version of what happened points at an abduction that was carried out by a local resident or by someone with Mediterranean features.

Documentary on the Internet

The documentary from Valentim de Carvalho that TVI broadcast last Monday is being a victim of its own success. The Portuguese company has already been forced to impose its rights with various internet sites, namely the video platform YouTube, where only hours after the end of the programme, the documentary could be seen in its entirety. Despite the action, numerous sites now allow for the programme to be downloaded.

Duarte Levy on 24horas
Translated by Astro from Joana Morais blog.

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Over 6 million have already watched documentary about Maddie’s death

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

The documentary ‘Maddie: Truth of the Lie’, that was broadcast by TVI, was the most watched programme in Portugal last Monday evening, and confirmed the station of Queluz de Baixo as the audience leader in Portugal. According to Marktest, this is even TVI’s best result in 2009.
The documentary by Manuel S. Fonseca – the same director of the ‘Amália’ movie – is based on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie”, which Gonçalo Amaral, the former head of the investigation, wrote after he left the Polícia Judiciária.
According to the numbers that are now known in Portugal, the documentary, in which the former coordinator advances that Maddie died on the evening of her disappearance, obtained 53% of share and an average audience of 23,4, which corresponds to 2,209 million viewers. The number of viewers even reaches 2,466 million individuals, with audiences peaking at around 10.13 p.m., which matched a share of 69,5%.
According to the owners of several internet sites, which were contacted by 24horas, these 2,209 million viewers were joined by approximately 4 million people who saw the TVI broadcast through streaming, and not counting with those who since Monday have watched the documentary on YouTube, or on several blogs that are dedicated to the case.
Gonçalo Amaral, who was interviewed on “As Tardes da Júlia” show on TVI yesterday, further confirmed that the documentary will “hardly be shown on British television”, just like it happened with his book: “The editors were warned and they are afraid of publishing it in England”, the former coordinator of the CID in Portimão said.
Last Monday, TVI led the audience chart, with 33,8%, followed by RTP1, with 21,8%, and SIC, with 19,4 percent. At the Queluz de Baixo station, “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie” occupied the top slot of audiences, followed by ‘Feitiço de Amor’ and ‘Jornal Nacional’. ‘Telejornal’ from RTP1 was the most watched programme on the channel, occupying the fifth place in the chart, while ‘Jornal da Noite’, from SIC, appears on place nine.

Duarte Levy also on 24horas

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“Maddie died in Praia da Luz on the night of the disappearance”

McCann case: “what lies beneath the truth”

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

TVI, the television station in Queluz, is going to broadcast tomorrow, Monday, right after the evening news, the documentary that is dedicated to the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was produced in our country by Valentim de Carvalho Filmes, based on the book “Maddie: The truth of the lie”, which was written by former Polícia Judiciária coordinator, Gonçalo Amaral.
For the first time after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 3rd of May 2007, a documentary will show on television the reconstitution of what, according to the PJ senior official, really happened that night in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club. During 50 minutes of images, spoken in Portuguese and English – with subtitles – this documentary strengthens the version that Madeleine died on the night that Kate and Gerry McCann said their daughter was abducted.
In this documentary, which was directed by Carlos Coelho da Silva and produced by Manuel S. Fonseca, the former head of the investigation explains which are the inconsistencies in the testimonies that were given by the McCann couple and their seven friends, but also demonstrates, with unique documents, the results of the forensics tests that were carried out in Portugal and in England.
The former head of the PJ in Portimão further explains how the investigation evolved and the brutal manner in which it was interrupted after the British authorities intervened, namely diplomats in Lisbon and two prime ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
“There was a political and rushed archiving [of the process]”, Gonçalo Amaral states during the documentary, adding that “there are people who are hiding the truth, but sooner or later, the varnish will crack and revelations will appear”.
An important member of the team that is behind this documentary, Nuno Ramos de Almeida has read the process, carried out numerous interviews and wrote a script that is already prompting reactions in England.

English documentary is reaction to Amaral’s version

It was after hearing that the documentary which is based on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie”, by Gonçalo Amaral, would be broadcast on Portuguese television,  that the McCanns realised the urgency in showing their version of the story to the public. The information was now confirmed by a source that is close to the couple, that further added that “the campaign that was launched in the Algarve was merely a manner of preparing and justifying the documentary that they want to show as quickly as possible to the English public.”
The same source, in a statement to 24horas, further confirmed that during the last few months  “several attempts were made for the couple to have access to the Portuguese documentary even before it was shown on television”, which also explains the secrecy that surrounds its contents.
“They even considered the possibility of buying the documentary’s rights for England, thus preventing it from being broadcast in the country”, the source close to the couple concluded.
In Portugal, 24horas was able to establish that all the participants in the documentary that was produced by Valentim de Carvalho have been forbidden by contract to reveal any details or officially answering any questions before its broadcast.
While the documentary with Gonçalo Amaral’s version is going to be the first one to be broadcast in Portugal, even before the second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, the McCanns’ version has already secured a wider diffusion throughout Europe: Channel 4 is going to broadcast the documentary that was recently filmed in Praia da Luz, and several contracts have been negotiated already. Including for Portugal, where it will be broadcast by SIC.

Duarte Levy in 24horas

PS – Due to my work as an investigative journalist, I have been summoned to participate in this documentary as well, where I make a brief appearance.

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