HILLSBOROUGH POLICE SCAPEGOATED – THE SUN

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HILLSBOROUGH POLICE SCAPEGOATED – THE SUN

It is a real shocker that The Sun (and The Times) did not report the findings of the Hillsborough inquiry with due prominence. The story led the news agenda of the country, and was run number one on the BBC news and on most front pages. If you give you on reporting the main news of the day, then you give up the right to call yourself a news organisation – you are no different from the Sunday Sport or Viz magazine.

If you avoid reporting the main news of the day for purely commercial or corporate reasons, then this is not only non-journalism, it is anti-journalism which is to say propaganda. The original publication of The Truth as a front page story was a dark day for journalism, but this instance of suppression is, if anything darker.

For the record I attach a reading from Stick it Up Your punter which describes the way in which the Sun reported the Hillsborough tragedy at the time. It is shocking to remember that the Sun ran an editorial saying that the police were the real victims, that they had faced “hell” at the hands of drunken Liverpool supporters. The Sun asked the question in a leading article “is it fair that the police are being scapegoated for the Hillsborough disaster”.