McCann told the inquiry there were "sinister reports" circulating about the couple's involvement in the youngster's disappearance. He said the reporting quickly became highly speculative.
His wife told of her distress at reports that her daughter was dead and said she felt her voice carried no weight against the power of the media.
Asked about a newspaper claim that the couple had sold Madeleine because they were hard up, McCann described it as "nothing short of disgusting".
The pair said they were browbeaten into doing an interview with the News Of The World (NOTW) when the newspaper's then editor Colin Myler called and berated them for doing an interview with Hello! magazine. Read more...