On 15th April 1989, 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives after attending the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough football ground.
Multiple factors led to the unnecessary deaths, including an unsafe stadium and police incompetence.
Four days later, The Sun newspaper published the headline ‘The Truth’ blaming Liverpool fans for the cause of the disaster.
In 2016, a jury ruled that the supporters were unlawfully killed, vindicating the victims’ friends and families that had tirelessly campaigned for the real truth.
Final year BA Sports Journalism student Joel Lampkin has produced a documentary for his Production Dissertation investigating how The Sun’s infamous Hillsborough headline and corresponding story has affected its ethics.
Joel interviewed former Liverpool players, journalists and academics to gain a range of perspectives on the newspaper’s coverage of the tragedy and beyond.
The Sun and its journalists did not respond to Joel’s attempts to contact them.
Watch Joel’s fascinating documentary: The Sun – A Headline Too Far >>>
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