Monday, January 08, 2007

Justice For The 96 - Truth Day Photos

Maybe neutrals who watched the game last night were puzzled with what the fans on the Kop End where on about. What 'Justice' and what 'Truth'. Well, in fact, it's a campaign supported by all Liverpool fans which is a campaign against English tabloid newspaper, The Sun and it's former editor, Kelvin McKenzie.

From Wikipedia:

The Hillsborough disaster was a deadly human crush that occurred on April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough, a football stadium in Sheffield, England, resulting in the loss of 96 lives.

On the Wednesday following the disaster, Kelvin MacKenzie, then editor of The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, used the front page headline 'THE TRUTH', with three sub-headlines: 'Some fans picked pockets of victims'; 'Some fans urinated on the brave cops'; 'Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life'.

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'.

MacKenzie explained his reporting in 1993. Talking to a House of Commons National Heritage Select Committee he said "I regret Hillsborough. It was a fundamental mistake. The mistake was I believed what an MP said. It was a Tory MP. If he had not said it and the chief superintendent (David Duckenfield) had not agreed with it, we would not have gone with it." This explanation was not accepted by families of Hillsborough victims. Even fifteen years after the Hillsborough disaster, the circulation of The Sun in Liverpool is still believed to be only 12,000 copies a day where previously it was around 200,000.

On 30 November 2006, speaking to a business lunch, former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie repudiated the apology, saying that he only apologised because the newspaper's owner Rupert Murdoch ordered him to. He said "I was not sorry then and I'm not sorry now" for the paper's coverage.
And this campaign is to voice out their unhappiness and general disgust at Kelvin McKenzie and his apparent twisting of words and truth. It was done for those who have lost their love ones in the disaster and not only did it affect the reputation of Liverpool FC but the entire city as well.


Not being a scouser and born and bred Liverpudlian, I might never understand their pain and grief of such unjust. But well done to the fans at the Kop End last night. You made yourselves heard throughout and hopefully, justice will prevail.






You guys were just brilliant and hope everything will go on fine. You'll Never Walk Alone, lads...


loveuamy said...

have you read in Gerrard's book that one of his cousins was one of those 96 dead. he plays for him, Gerrard writes. that brough me into tears actually...

it just shows how special the Kop is... Liverpool fans are the best in the world!


Oh, you reminded me of that. I think I remembered.

mrssnooks said...

my husband read the gerrard book and explained to me about the hillsborough disaster and after watching the 20th anniversary memorial service this year worked out that Gerrards cousin was the youngest supporter to die in the tragedy when he was just 10 years old this brought me to tears because his and all the other 95 deaths could have been avoided if people had done their jobs properly. RIP the 96 and my thoughts go to their family and friends