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The Hillsborough Justice Campaign

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 6:51 am
by James
How would you feel if you were told you were wrecking a conversation because of the heart rending pain you endure when you see The Sun tabloid? I feel like I need to preach justice for the 96, the friends and family of those who were mocked on the day our government and police failed to protect them.


A surprising number of people seem unaware of the boycott of The Sun by supporters of Liverpool Football Club. Some don’t seem to know it is boycotted, others don’t know why. Some people rather disturbingly know why the boycott exists but still choose to buy it.

If you choose to continue to buy The Sun after reading this article, and the articles it links to, then you ought to stop calling yourself a Liverpool supporter. Collect any shirts or scarves you have, and hand them in to a charity shop. In fact you can’t really call yourself a football supporter. The lies printed in The Sun that you will read about below were aimed at Liverpool supporters, people from Liverpool, people from the North of England, football supporters of any club. If you fall into any of those categories you certainly shouldn’t be buying, reading, or visiting the website of that newspaper. If you are a decent human being you will be steering clear of it from now on, even if you’ve not done so before.

[spoiler="Read on"]If you buy the paper regularly already, print off all of this information, and save your money tomorrow. Read these articles instead. If you still want to buy that paper the following day I would be surprised.

The boycott of The Sun goes back to April 1989, over 20 years ago. On April 15th 1989 a disaster took place which resulted in the deaths of ninety-six Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough, the home ground of Sheffield Wednesday, during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Ninety-six people had their lives crushed out of them. Many more are said to have ended their own lives since as a consequence of that disaster. A lot of injustices came out of that disaster, far too many to list here. For more information visit the Hillsborough Justice Campaign website at and please try to support them.

This article concentrates on one piece of injustice that could so easily have been avoided. That could so easily have been made a little better, if not fixed, in the intervening years. Lies were printed as fact in a British newspaper, and that newspaper has still not made an unconditional apology for what it printed. Its editor of the time has never made an unconditional apology in all of that time.

The headlines and sub-headlines on the front page of The Sun newspaper on the Wednesday following the disaster were as follows:

“The Truth.
Some fans picked pockets of victims
Some fans urinated on the brave cops
Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life.”

So just four days after their loved ones had died, four days after they had narrowly escaped death themselves, Liverpool supporters were confronted with those headlines. People actually believed those headlines. Those who were there did not believe the headlines of course, nor did those who knew people who had been there. Unfortunately though a lot of people did believe those headlines; people who were not Liverpool supporters, perhaps supporters of another team or people who did not follow football at all. The headlines sewed seeds in so many people’s minds that the 96 supporters died at the hands of their own kind. All lies, all proven to be lies, yet never put right by that publication.

For more on the media coverage, visit, Hillsborough Football Disaster: Context and Consequences, and Wikipedia .

The Wikipedia article says:
“The story accompanying these headlines claimed that ‘drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers as they tried to revive victims’ and ‘police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon’. A quote, attributed to an unnamed policeman, claimed that a dead girl had been abused and that Liverpool fans ‘were openly urinating on us and the bodies of the dead’.”

Read that last bit again, it really was printed in a national newspaper.

Liverpool legend and the manager of the club at the time Kenny Dalglish was greatly affected by the tragedy. He attended numerous funerals and visited people in hospital, some of whom were in comas; he spent time with those that had lost their loved ones. In his autobiography he talks about the Disaster and recalls the media coverage:

“The press coverage was difficult to comprehend, particularly the publication of pictures which added to people’s distress. There was one photograph of two girls right up against the Leppings Lane fence, their faces pressed into the wire. Nobody knows how they escaped. They used to come to Melwood every day, looking for autographs, and that photograph upset everyone there because we knew them. After seeing that I couldn’t look at the papers again.

When the Sun came out with the story about Liverpool fans being drunk and unruly, underneath a headline ‘The Truth,’ the reaction on Merseyside was one of complete outrage. Newsagents stopped stocking the Sun. People wouldn’t mention its name. They were burning copies of it. Anyone representing the Sun was abused. Sun reporters and photographers would lie, telling people they worked for the Liverpool Post and Echo. There was a lot of harassment of them because of what had been written. The Star had gone a bit strong as well but they apologised the next day. They knew the story had no foundation. Kelvin MacKenzie, the Sun’s editor, even called me up.

“How can we correct the situation?” he said.

“You know that big headline – ‘The Truth’?” I replied. “All you have to do is put ‘We lied’ in the same size. Then you might be all right.”

Mackenzie said: “I cannot do that.”

“Well,” I replied, “I cannot help you then.”

That was it. I put the phone down. Merseysiders were outraged by the Sun. A great many still are."

There is no excuse for buying or reading The Sun. None whatsoever. If you read that newspaper, or worse still you buy that newspaper, after reading this article and those other articles that are linked to, then you are not fit to call yourself a Red. If you support another team, you should still be able to see why that newspaper should be boycotted. No matter what competitions they are running. Regardless of any “exclusives” they claim to have, even if it is the only paper left in the shop. Saying you bought it to get some tokens to help your daughter’s school to buy a new computer is not going to get you off the hook. It’s really simple:

Don’t buy the Sun.[/spoiler]

My life had changed by the time I was 2 months old, I would later experience social prejudice and mistrust over the location I've come from by people none the wiser. Being a Scouser is something I have to take pride in because of the staggering amount of abuse and looks I have gotten whenever someone hears my accent outside of my city.

It has taken us 23 years to acquire the documents relating to the disaster from the government, not only is this issue rooted in with The Sun, it was covered up by a harsh, disgusting Conservative government. But does this only include this disaster? No it doesn't. You should simply not read The Sun at all.

For comparison's sake please be aware it is a Murdoch product, News Corporation also own the untrustworthy Fox News Channel.

I'm going to a statement; I will highlight and pressure any linking of The Sun newspaper on this forum because I will assume you wouldn't know any better. I would rather not see or be reminded that the newspaper exists.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 7:16 am
by clyzm
yeah the Sun is a horrible newspaper guys, why would you even link it as a credible source on a story, i thought this was common sense?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 7:54 am
by Tantalus
Don't worry, I wouldn't buy that tripe regardless.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 10:00 am
by ynnaD
The trauma caused by this event still lives on to this day.

Don't buy the Sun

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 10:17 am
by Psychotic
Take this how you will. I won't say "I don't care" because I do. I'm not trying to offend or insult you in any way, what I'm saying is you don't deserve to sit there and make accusations against people like myself who "don't know any better". That last sentence leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth, because whether you meant to or not, I read it as if you think I'm a goddamn idiot and I don't damn well appreciate being called a fucking idiot, implied or not.

I would feel sympathetic for you and your cause James, if it weren't for the fact you're coming off as incredibly arrogant: Believing people should know these things automatically.

Why would I know, or care, about anything related to The Sun tabloid? I live in New Zealand, a country which does not sell that tabloid nor boasts news about it. Am I to immediately know about some horrible incident that happened over 20 years ago? No, I am not.

You could have explained why you disliked it, even made this topic beforehand and then linked to it, but you didn't. You went off-topic, had a mini-rant about the paper, then deleted your posts and any linking back to it. The topic in question was never about the newspaper, it was about a man's opinions on the future.

I'm sorry for this "heart rending pain" you feel every time this particular tabloid is mentioned but I will not accept that I should automatically "know something".

Am I an insensitive asshole? Perhaps; I have been told it's one of my many traits. It's a tragic story, for sure, but I don't appreciate someone making bold generalizing assumptions. Not only this but, being the cynic I am, truly doubt the effectiveness of the website. It's a great idea that won't solve anything, and neither will your knee-jerk reactions about the mention of a newspaper.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this post before writing it. Like I said, I'm not trying to insult you. At least take that into consideration.

On the bright side, I've never brought The Sun nor planned to (granted, I don't buy any newspaper).

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 10:50 am
by James
Magniir wrote: if it weren't for the fact you're coming off as incredibly arrogant: Believing people should know these things automatically.

I'm not, I stated in that thread before splitting my posts.

3. Even if this does not personally affect you, the fact you responded sarcastically suggests you're not familiar with the lack of quality or standards this newspaper has to offer.

I would rather educate about that disgusting rag

Also here:

On the rest: I'm also adamant in my view that discussing such a subject is futile when it is brought forward solely by The Sun. I cannot, will not respect or take a conversation seriously when it involves that rag as the evidence or credible source. There isn't anything or anybody who will be able to change this view.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 11:03 am
by Psychotic
Clearly I didn't see that post.

My major gripe is simply with you forcing your views down the throats of others with a general disregard to the lack of knowledge on the subject.

You have taken on a personal tirade against The Sun which would be fine if it only concerned you and all else on the same tirade. Rather than simply ignore the topic in question however, you chose to lash out for completely unknown reasons to me at the time.

You can blame me for thinking poorly of the situation and your general attitude in regards to it, but can you say I was wrong? Based on the information given I saw nothing but a personal attack against a topic you simply disliked. Without this topic to explain the situation it would have continued to look pathetic.

There's no assumption here. I say it how I saw it and that is how I saw it.

You should have posted this beforehand, not as an afterthought. Even better, you should have simply ignored the topic altogether.

James wrote:I cannot, will not respect or take a conversation seriously when it involves that rag as the evidence or credible source. There isn't anything or anybody who will be able to change this view.

And I should sit here whilst someone wildly puts my own intelligence into question based on mere ignorance of a topic which has nothing to do with me? I think not.

I'm not asking you to change your views, I'm asking you to ignore the topic when it comes into question. It's not that hard and you know you can do it.

Your comments about "wrecking a convo" are rather crap, to be frank, and have been taken completely out of context. You were told that because, as I said, you came into a random topic and derailed it due to a personal bias against the paper the article was posted in. Your response looked like nothing more than that, with no real reason behind it other than some off-topic rant.

That one sweeping Twitter status also comes off as pretentious. Again: Why should I naturally be aware of the monstrosities The Sun has done to you? Because you think I should? Why would I, an Australian-born New Zealand resident know anything about The Sun? I wouldn't, so stop assuming I should.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 11:11 am
by James
You had replied to it.

I wasn't forcing my views, I highlighted (in a vague way) that the original post had cited The Sun. Can you please show me where my views were 'forced down the throats of others'? The general disregard is entirely correct, I had highlighted I had no interest in speculating an individual's project that has barely started.

I don't blame you, but I do question how it was a personal attack on a subject I didn't like when I had highlighted simply 'The Sun'. The reactions that followed prompted me to explain it. If this is a personal attack, I am very confused. I think it was best to highlight the story was put forward by The Sun before people got carried away.

It wasn't pretentious really, it was factual (except I was called dumb, not stupid). May you please stop accusing me that I was doing nothing more than to highlight The Sun is a really bad newspaper?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 11:15 am
by Psychotic
It's not a "personal attack" against me. I'm not saying you're attacking me personally, I'm just stating that I find it personally insulting when you make wild assumptions (which is rather hypocritical of me, actually).

My original post about how I foresee the topic being derailed was actually a snide, side remark. Maybe I should have mentioned as such but I didn't feel the need at the time.

James wrote:It wasn't pretentious really, it was factual (except I was called dumb, not stupid). May you please stop accusing me that I was doing nothing more than to highlight The Sun is a really bad newspaper?

Me calling you pretentious isn't an assumption, it's an opinion. I don't expect others nor yourself to agree with it. The comment is subjective, I find it hard to "assume" anything of your character because of that.

I understand all you want to do is highlight the atrocity that is The Sun, but you could have done that better, in my opinion. I shouldn't have to explain why, since I have already stated I felt like my intelligence was being put into question, something I highly dislike (and hence my own bout of frustration).

[e] I don't think it had to be said but maybe it should be noted my opinions are my own. I'm not speaking on behalf of anyone, nor am I saying you are making a "personal attack" on anyone in particular. My outcry was because I was offended by them, not because someone else was.

Really though, this shouldn't have to be stated. It's obvious I don't speak for anyone but myself.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 11:19 am
by James
Very well.


Agreed, I see that.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 12 12:47 pm
by Psycho
I first watched the documentry Hillsborough by ITV when I was 12 years old on a video when I was in Liverpool visiting family, but I can't bring myself to watch it again. I have family who where there on the day, who may not have been hurt, but it certainly affected them mentally to this day. The disgusting lies The S*n created is a utter disgrace, and anyone who reads the paper after knowing what happened, I have no respect for at all. Even here in North Wales, the majority boycott it, and newsagents try and hide it.

The documentry im talking about, is apparently not allowed to be aired any more, after the cornoner who was on the program, apparently took out a injunction, due to the fact that he was unhappy with the way he was portrayed, which angers me, as the drama is extremely hard hitting, and very educating.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 12 3:51 pm
by Kaiden
Thanks for highlighting that, I was never completely clear on why a few locals (from Liverpool) who visit the pub I work at were so anti-sun, and didn't really want to pry too much.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 2:36 pm
by ynnaD
Today has been a massive day

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 5:31 pm
by Psycho
Huge cover-up

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 6:03 pm
by Mastakilla
~þsÿçhø~ wrote:Huge cover-up

What a surprise eh?

Will there be steps taken towards legal action?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 12 9:15 pm
by James
Labour are at least approaching The Sun with their DCP over these events and previous about Madeline McClain.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 1:08 am
by Kaiden
Are the reports of supposed apologizes tomorrow from the tabloid anything legitimate in your opinion?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 7:48 am
by James
We want an apology but we also want to shut down the rag.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 10:50 am
by James ... p-revealed

more important than some celebrity vs society thing

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 10:56 am
by Siva




PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 11:35 am
by James
Yes, we can't let people get away with it like the Celtic boys sex scandal or previous murder cover-ups in the past like Daniel Morgan's murder. I don't understand your disrespectful sarcasm when we have barely taken the first step into sorting this mess out.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 1:41 pm
by Siva
James wrote:Yes, we can't let people get away with it like the Celtic boys sex scandal or previous murder cover-ups in the past like Daniel Morgan's murder. I don't understand your disrespectful sarcasm when we have barely taken the first step into sorting this mess out.

I'm basically asking how deep you want it to go. Once it's been publicly sorted out and the truth has been admitted, beyond that point it's endless litigation. I get it, you've been wronged as have many in your city, but if you hold on to grudges then the victory becomes Pyrrhic.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 1:59 pm
by Mastakilla
The report proved what Liverpool and especially the families knew all along, justice hasn't been done yet but with the report justice can hopefully be achieved. Don't think an apology from Cameron counts much for the families

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 2:10 pm
by Psycho
Protocol wrote:SUDDENLY




They're far from justice.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 12 2:21 pm
by James
Protocol wrote:Once it's been publicly sorted out and the truth has been admitted, beyond that point it's endless litigation


You do realise this is pretty much the biggest cover-up revealed in Britain?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 12 7:41 am
by James