Comment un événement singulier, une disparition, un fait-divers simple mais poignant car enfance et innocence en formaient le cœur, devint, porté par une houle médiatique déferlante, une effervescence nourrie comme un grand fauve, une ténébreuse affaire. Comment la liberté d'expression s'y trouva en danger. Et ce qu'on peut en apprendre sur la nature humaine.
Grâce à la liberté dans les communications, des groupes d’hommes de même nature pourront se réunir et fonder des communautés. Les nations seront dépassées. Friedrich Nietzsche (Fragments posthumes XIII-883)
La transparence n'est pas leur aspect le plus remarquable... Voici le commentaire de Enid O'Dowd
The accounts were
approved on 18 December 2015 and signed by director Michael Linnett
(retired accountant) on behalf of the Board. The accounts were then
passed to the auditors who filed them at Companies House on 23
December 2015; the accounts became available to the public on 8
January. As in previous years, the accounts were filed close to the
This time the company has
availed of a legal exemption for small companies enabling it to
provide considerably less information than before.
The accounts filed
consist of 4 pages:
1 .A cover page with an
error spelling ‘abbreviated accounts’ as ‘abbreivated accounts’
2. Auditors’ Report
3. Balance Sheet
4. Notes to the Balance
From these accounts I
have no idea what the actual income and expenditure was in the year.
I don’t even know what the audit fee was or how many board meetings
were held. Due to the lack of information in these accounts I cannot
update my spreadsheet of income and expenditure over the years since
the company was incorporated in 2007.
At the end of the year
there was £763,772 in the bank, just under £2,000 less than at 31
March 2014. Whether this indicates a lack of financial activity in
the year I have no way of knowing.
What has money been spent
on during this year?
According the official
website there is:
‘The 24-hour ‘hotline’
for people to call with information is still functioning on 0845 838
4699 for people who would prefer to contact us directly’
And there is a team in
place comprising ‘a campaign coordinator and
translators/interpreters, the team has several individuals with
invaluable marketing, advertising and I.T. skills who help with the
general campaign to find Madeleine.’
On another page of the
official website it states ‘An experienced Fund Administrator has
been appointed to ensure the highest standards of transparency and
What is the money being
The majority of the fund
money has been and continues to be spent on investigative work to
help find Madeleine. Additionally money continues to be spent on the
wider 'Awareness Campaign' – reminding people that Madeleine is
still missing and to remain vigilant. None of the directors have
taken any money from the fund as remuneration. Anyone who wishes
further information with regards to the financial details of
Madeleine's Fund and its professional advisors, please refer to the
accounts filed at Companies House. Crown Way Maindy Cardiff CF14
Wouldn’t it be
interesting to know how much money was spent in this year as claimed
What income came in
during the year? I haven’t a clue!
The audited accounts have
never been placed on the website. It would cost nothing to do this.
The public is referred to Companies House!
Dr Kate McCann stated in
her book Madeleine published in 2011 that:
‘from the outset
everyone agreed that, despite the costs involved, it (the Fund) must
be run to the highest standards of transparency.’
In my opinion the Fund
never met ‘the highest standards of transparency.’
Has the Board now decided
that the Fund should be as untransparent as it is legally possible to
be? It would appear so.