Team McCann, Clarence Mitchell and the UK Media versus Debbie Butler

Who is doing the stalking here?

From Tony Bennett
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I post after learning of actions taken by the 'Sunday Express' today and tonight to further attack Madeleine Foundation Chairman Debbie Butler.

Today the 'Sunday Express' journalist Mike Gunnell telephoned Debbie's ex-husband and under false pretences obtained his address.

He was then door-stepped.

Not to put to fine a point on it, Gunnell fired question after question at him, like: "Do you have a comment to make on your ex-wife stalking the McCanns?" "Is she mentally stable?" "Aren't you worried about the childrens' welfare?" etc. etc.

Debbie is on cordial terms with her ex-husband who helps out with child care and odd jobs that need doing in the house etc. He has computer/I.T. expertise and helps out with that when needed.

I'm told by Debbie that her ex-husband basically said he did not want to get involved in talking to the press and was not willing to give a view on what really happened to Madeleine McCann.

However, he did say a couple of things to the journalist, and I note them here for the public record, so that forum members can get an insight into the way the press work.

Debbie's ex-husband asked why they had printed such a bad picture of Debbie in the 'Sunday Express' and why they had apparently chosen the worst one.

The answer from Gunnell, verbatim, was: "The editor told me he wanted her portrayed as a hard cow".

Asked about Debbie's campaign about Madeleine and his views on it, he said: "I will say this. Her father is a policeman and if she says anything, she gives you the facts; that's the way she was brought up".

I will post more as I get it.

Debbie is very upset at all this.

She needs support.

The best way you can give it (and some of you reading this message have met her) would be to send a polite message of support to Mike Gunnill himself, and to as many of these e-mail addresses below as you judge appropriate.

Remember VOLUME of messages is important, keep it short, and ask the question: "Who is doing the stalking?".

It was the 'Sunday Express' who led with a front-page headline: 'The McCanns' Stalker' and of course its sister paper 'The Star' who branded the leafleters in Leicestershire as 'sickos'.

It is getting dirty. The 'Sunday Express' is putting resources into a further personal attack on Debbie. And maybe on others associated with The Madeleine Foundation, who knows what is to come?

Debbie does not deserve this. She is no 'stalker'. She is generous to a fault with her time and money. Her campaigning on behalf of truth and justice for Madeleine is pure. She is owed £200 or so for postage (she posts out most of the booklets) and refuses to claim despite my trying to insist every time I see her.

Please support her, here are the e-mail addresses, in order, so you can copy all five e-mail addresses at one go if you want to:

Journalist (Mike Gunnill), Editor, News Desk, Letters, Features:

Comments on the 3 arguidos here
Message from Gerry McCann on
We do not wish to dignify the actions of the so-called 'Madeleine Foundation' with any response. We do feel it is important, however, that the general public are made aware that the 'Madeleine Foundation' has no connection whatsoever with our family or those helping us to find Madeleine, including law enforcement agencies or child welfare NGO's (non-governmental organisations). We also strongly believe that the actions of this organisation do not have Madeleine's best interest at heart; if anything, the organisation is hindering all our efforts to find Madeleine and achieve justice.