How the media outlets are covering the Dublin Roma girl story
Published 23/10/2013 | 11:11
Here’s how some of the better known media outlets are reporting the Roma girl story in Dublin.
Rights groups said they feared that the suspected abductions in Greece and Ireland could raise tensions at a time when the Roma are being stigmatized by far-right groups in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary, where attacks on Roma villages have occurred in the past. In the summer of 2012, an off-duty police officer in Slovakia killed three people from a Roma community.
The case is remarkably similar to the mystery surrounding Maria, the blonde girl found last week in Greece with a Roma couple who are not her parents.
Could this be Ireland’s 'Maria'? Police seize young blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl from Roma family in Dublin suburb
Gardai say they may seek DNA tests as they try to discover the identity of the seven-year-old, whom the Roma family insist is their daughter
- The Independent
Second Roma abduction investigation risks 'moral panic'
- Channel 4
Two of the biggest stories in Europe this week involve the seizure of blonde-haired, blue-eyed children from Roma families on opposite sides of the continent.
To understand why these stories have been so huge in Europe, consider the case of Madeleine McCann, a blonde British girl who disappeared on a family vacation in Portugal in 2007. She was 4 years old at the time.
Dublin Roma gipsy family 'confident' they will be reunited with blonde-haired 'daughter' taken from them by police.
- The Telegraph
There are around 5,000 Roma immigrants in Ireland with the majority of them living in Dublin. The European commission has criticised the republic for failing to integrate the Roma fully into Irish society.
- The Guardian
Irish police raided the home of a Gypsy family living in a Dublin suburb and took a blond-haired, blue-eyed girl in their care away. The incident comes on the heels of a similar high-profile case in Greece involving a girl believed to be 4 years old named "Maria."
- CBS News