THE FORMER editor of The Sun newspaper Kelvin MacKenzie has reportedly instructed his lawyers to seek an apology from South Yorkshire Police over his ‘personal vilification’ following paper’s coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.
Mr MacKenzie apologised earlier this month after the Hillsborough Independent Panel found there was no evidence to verify ‘the serious allegations of exceptional levels of drunkenness, ticketlessness or violence among Liverpool fans’during the disaster.
The Sun’s front page, published on April 19 1989, was headlined THE TRUTH and based on copy supplied by White’s News Agency in Sheffield.
Reporters had based their story on interviews with unnamed police sources, local Conservative MP Irvine Patnick and South Yorkshire Police Federation spokesperson Paul Middup.
They claimed Liverpool fans had assaulted and urinated on police officers who were resuscitating the dying, stolen from the dead and sexually abused an unconscious young woman. It led to a boycott of the Sun newspaper in Liverpool which continues to this day.
Today the former Sun editor, writing in The Spectator, said he had been subjected to years of vilification, saying: “The people who have got away scot-free are South Yorkshire Police.”
He is seeking recompense for ‘the lies their officers told’.