The Sun newspaper today printed a front page apology for an article published by that blamed the fans for the deaths of 96 people in the Hillsborough disaster. The story by then-editor Kelvin McKenzie, headlined ‘The Truth’, blamed Liverpool fans for the tragedy, claiming that they pick-pocketed and urinated on the dead, and attacked police officers trying to save lives.
Current editor Dominic Mohan made this apology on The Sun’s website:
An editorial comment in today’s edition says:
“The Sun's reporting of the Hillsborough tragedy 23 years ago is without doubt the blackest day in this newspaper's history."
"The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the disaster lays bare the disgraceful attempt by South Yorkshire police to hide their culpability behind a smokescreen of lies.”
Yesterday’s report found the South Yorkshire police responsible for attempting to deflect the blame Liverpool fans for those crushed in the overcrowded terraces. Chief Constable David Compton spoke to journalists:
"They rightly hold us responsible, I even 23 years later here in 2012 apologise profoundly for the mistake that led to the 96 deaths and as we've heard today the things that have gone on afterwards."
McKenzie apologised after the findings but relatives rejected these comments saying it was “too little, too late.” Calls have now been made for a criminal investigation into the cover-up of the disaster.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner