The disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Public drama and trial by media in the Portuguese press

@article{Machado2009TheDO,
  title={The disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Public drama and trial by media in the Portuguese press},
  author={Helena Machado and Filipe Santos},
  journal={Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={146 - 167}
}
The extraordinary media coverage regarding the disappearance of the British 3-year-old Madeleine McCann emerges as an illustrative example of a ‘public drama’ and ‘trial by media’. This article presents a comparative analysis of the perspectives and narrative devices employed by two Portuguese newspapers in establishing a dialogue with their respective audiences. High-profile mediatized criminal cases have the potential to linger in the public memory and become cultural references which may… 

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