The low-cost vacation planner VoucherDigg has landed in hot water after using an image xxxxx child Madeleine McCann to advertise a travel deal.
In 2007, 3-year-old McCann disappeared while on vacation with her family in Portugal. One of the vacation deals offered by Voucherdigg was a family apartment some 35 miles from the resort where McCann vanished.
Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said that they were "horrified" over the ad and considered it "offensive in the extreme," according to Sky News. Mitchell added, "That is the last picture of Madeleine that was taken on the holiday in 2007 just before she was taken, and for someone to use it -- as some sort of sick joke it would appear -- advertising holidays to Portugal of all places, is just appalling. There is no excuse for it."
The now expired deal was featured on VoucherDigg.co.uk and offered £20 (roughly $32) off bookings on at least £400 ($646) spent on lowcostholidays.com, the BBC reports.
Lowcostholidays.com said that it had no contract with VoucherDigg and has been trying to get the image removed, adding that VoucherDigg is a company that "picked up deals and offers via an affiliate network" and had "previously featured holidays from lowcostholidays.com as well as many other well known holiday companies."
Lawrence Hunt, the CEO of lowcostholidays.com said in a statement to the BBC: "We have no contract with VoucherDigg to advertise our holidays and we are doing all that we can to contact the website and get the picture removed. We discovered this vile material yesterday and immediately broke all the [web] links to our site and contacted our lawyers. We apologize for any distress this may have caused which is completely beyond our control and are disgusted by the use of this image."
O site VoucherDigg usou a imagem da pequena Madeleine durante pelo menos 24 horas.
A tal "última imagem na piscina"!!!!!
Madeleine McCann: Picture Of Missing Toddler Used 'To Advertise Discount Holidays In Portugal'
Huffington Post UK | By Sara C Nelson
Posted: 08/05/2012 09:54 Updated: 08/05/2012 17:01
A website offering holiday discount vouchers has used a picture of Madeleine McCann to advertise a £20 off online deal.
The snap is one of the last ever taken off the toddler, who went missing in 2007. It features her smiling face above the strapline “Best Value”.
The now expired deal, featured on VoucherDigg, offered £20 off bookings on a minimum £400 spend at lowcostholidays.com.
Among the breaks advertised is a self-catering family apartment in Albufeira, Algarve, 25 miles from the resort in Praia da Luz where Madeleine disappeared.
The promotion adds: "lowcostholidays.com can hardly give out this kind of offer. Hurry up for time is limited. Take the ones you loved and enjoy your life."
A screengrab of the £20 discount offer, featuring Madeleine McCann's smiling face
Lawrence Hunt, the boss of lowcosttravelgroup said he was "outraged" the image had been linked to his firm and that initial inquiries had traced the picture to a Chinese marketing company.
He said: “We have broken all the links from their site to ours and have contacted them to remove this content.”
The use of the picture has been branded “appallingly insensitive” by a spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate.
Parlamento Europeu aprova relatório de Nuno Melo
A comissão de Liberdades Cívicas, Justiça e Assuntos Internos do Parlamento Europeu aprovou hoje o relatório do eurodeputado do CDS-PP Nuno Melo que cria novas regras para a investigação criminal no espaço europeu.
Um comunicado do gabinete do eurodeputado diz que a proposta de diretiva, intitulada "Decisão Europeia de Investigação", tem como objetivo "criar um meio único, eficaz e flexível, para a obtenção de provas localizadas noutro Estado-Membro, no âmbito do processo penal".
Na opinião do eurodeputado do CDS-PP, a diretiva "irá revolucionar o regime processual penal europeu como hoje o conhecemos", salientando a criação de muito melhores condições e a obrigação de respostas coordenadas dos países no combate a crimes como a corrupção, terrorismo, tráfico de droga, tráfico de pessoas, crimes financeiros ou a criminalidade organizada.
Dando como exemplo os casos do Freeport ou de Madeleine McCann é explicado que se já fosse possível aplicar a diretiva, "magistrados portugueses ou ingleses poderiam, por si só, ordenar reciprocamente diligências no outro país, sem necessidade de observância de muitos dos impedimentos legislativos e burocráticos que atualmente existem".
"O pós-Schengen determinou a livre circulação de pessoas e bens, com consequências inevitáveis em matéria de criminalidade. Importa agora pôr termo a algumas fronteiras na justiça, que vêm funcionando em vantagem dos criminosos, mas impedindo uma resposta efetiva da investigação criminal, e a boa administração da justiça", conclui o comunicado.