July 25, 2011 in Category In the News,Scarlett View...

Justice For The 96

This post is about an issue that has escalated within the British press over the last month.

For those who don’t know, after months upon months of investigations and scandals regarding phone hacking, Rupert Murdoch’s ‘News of the World’ (the biggest selling British newspaper) has been discontinued after over 160 years. With endless celebrities, politicians and members of the public finding they have had their phone hacked by sleazy private investigators hired by these disgraceful journalists – one particular story hit the news last week that knocked the nation sick:

The News of the World hacked the mobile phone and tampered with the messages of abducted schoolgirl, Millie Dowler. Not only did this give her distraught family false hope but completely perverted the course of justice. (Read the full story here.)

As despicable as this is, in my view this is by no means the only shameful thing Rupert Murdoch’s group of newspapers has stooped to. I was born and bred in Liverpool, England (capital of culture 2008, Birthplace of The Beatles and home of the Kop – needless to say I’m proud) and on 15th April 1989, my Dad settled down to watch the Liverpool match, as he did every Saturday for away games. That day has been remembered ever since as the Hillsborough Disaster; the worst stadium-related disaster in British history.

That day 96 people died… and to this day each year people pay their respects for the people who needlessly lost their lives. The Sun (another member of the Murdoch enterprise) however, took this tragedy and bent reality for a story. The next day, leading with a headline “THE TRUTH” they wrote this lying, grotesque story(part of me actually feels sick to re-port these lies but, until recently, I’d never read the full article and when I did it knocked me sick that a national paper could add such insult to injury during an already horrific tragedy just for a cheap story.)

Some fans picked pockets of victims
Some fans urinated on the brave cops
Some fans beat up PCs giving the kiss of life

The story read as follows: “Drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers as they tried to revive victims of the Hillsborough soccer disaster, it was revealed last night.

“Police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon by a hooligan element in the crowd.

“Some thugs rifled the pockets of injured fans as they were stretched out unconscious on the pitch.

“Sheffield MP Irvine Patnick revealed that in one shameful episode a gang of Liverpool fans noticed that the blouse of a girl trampled to death had risen above her breasts.

“As a policeman struggled in vain to revive her, the mob jeered: ‘Throw her up here and we will **** her'”

The story went on: “One furious policeman who witnessed Saturday’s carnage stormed: ‘As we struggled in appalling conditions to save lives, fans standing further up the terrace were openly urinating on us and the bodies of the dead.”

A ‘high-ranking’ police officer was quoted as saying: “The fans were just acting like animals. My men faced a double hell – the disaster and the fury of the fans who attacked us.”

As you can imagine,  in Merseyside the reaction was of complete disgust, outrage and anger. The Sun was immediately boycotted and to this day very few newsagents in the county sell this paper.

Knowing that the story had no foundation whatsoever, Kelvin Mackenzie (editor at the time) called Liverpool FC’s manager, Kenny Dalglish and asked…

“How can we correct the situation?”

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

Mackenzie said: “I cannot help you then.”

To this day the families of the 96 wait for justice for their loved ones.

To this day they search for clarity of why this devestating incident occurred.

And to this day the people of Liverpool have to fight against the disgusting stereotype this national newspaper created for their own benefit.

“We Lied”… They just couldn’t take responsibility for their actions – just as Rebekah Brooks, (editor at the time Millie Dowler’s phone was hacked) refuses to admit knowledge, or accept responsibility.

Instead, just a couple of days before the News of the World ended publication ‘The Sun on Sunday’ was announced… a pathetic attempt to replace one lying newspaper with another. Already there has been a national boycott of this replacement – Talk about your ‘just desserts’.

I’m just glad that finally the whole country are beginning to see something the people of Liverpool has known for years.

5 comments… read them below or add one

plantdotty July 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This is an excellent post. Well done you for writing it!!!


Stefanie July 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

What a great post. Rupert Murdoch is evil – see him here with the devil horns he deserves: http://bit.ly/p1liXp.


Jen July 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks plantdotty :)

Stef, that picture is brilliant, such a good screengrab!!



Mack Reynolds July 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

what a tragedy. it’s a shame that this happened. it’s a shame that people get this crazy at games, and it’s even more a shame what rupert murdoch was doing.


Jenn January 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I had heard about the Hillsborough Disaster at the time it happened–but living in the states–and being young–I’m not sure I understood all that transpired with The Sun and I’ve only somewhat followed the incidents with the news regarding Murdoch et al. That said, Wow what an eye opener this post was. You did an excellent job with making it so I could grasp the severity of it all there. Good for you for boycotting The Sun on Sunday. I’m right there with you, (in spirit since I’m pretty sure they don’t sell it here).

Cheers, Jenn


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