“Don’t Buy The Sun” Demo day

August 2nd, 2011

A message from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign

Saturday, 13th August 2011 – Anfield, Liverpool.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211823952199118

Following the latest hacking scandal, we, as Liverpool supporters, have a duty to keep the pressure up on Rupert Murdoch and his continued involvement with News International and more importantly the Sun newspaper.

We all know the lies this rag printed about our fellow Liverpool supporters after the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989.

So, prior to kick-off before the Sunderland game, we will be holding a demonstration for a continued boycott of the Sun newspaper. This demonstration is with support from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

We urge all supporters to help us distribute leaflets before the game to fellow fans. Bring your own banners to show us and the world our continued fight for justice for the 96, and our boycott against the Sun newspaper.

We have 1,000 posters, which fans can collect from the HJC shop opposite the Albert pub. These can be taken with you into the ground.

The pressure we will build up before the Sunderland game will hopefully lead up to a mosaic being displayed on the kop for the live TV game against Bolton on the 27th August.

Please can you spread the word about our planned demonstration before the Sunderland and Bolton games and if anyone has any questions please contact us.

JFT96 “Never buy the SUN”

For more information, visit:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211823952199118
http://twitter.com/#!/hjc_official

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Billy Bragg – Never Buy The Sun

July 10th, 2011

http://www.billybragg.co.uk/sun.php Free Download.

http://www.billybragg.co.uk/blog/?p=183

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John Pilger on Hillsborough and the S*n

April 15th, 2011

Clip taken from “Breaking the Mirror (The Murdoch Effect)”

(poor quality video but a must watch).

Click: http://dontbuythesun.co.uk/site/392/lies-damn-lies/ for another good piece by John Pilger.

The below video is also worth a watch:

Don’t Buy The Sun: A 22 year-strong boycott from Don't Buy The Sun on Vimeo.

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RIP the 96 – 22nd anniversary of Hillsborough

April 15th, 2011

Rest in Peace

Hillsborough memorial in Sheffield

Gone but never forgotten

You’ll Never Walk Alone

http://dontbuythesun.co.uk/site/in-memory/

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Liar Liar – Stephen Smith

April 4th, 2011

More information on the song, visit – www.stephensmithmusic.co.uk and www.liverpoolfc.tv

Don’t Buy The Sun

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The Sun up to their old tricks again…

May 21st, 2010

From LFC.tv

Rafael Benitez today moved quickly to rubbish a report in this morning’s Sun claiming he had given an “exclusive” interview to the national newspaper.

The Liverpool manager said: “It is important for me to reassure our supporters that I have never spoken exclusively to this newspaper – and never will.

“The quotes they used from me are taken from an event I attended yesterday in Spain.”

It’s not the first time and probably not the last time they have done this:

“Everybody in Liverpool knows that there are two newspapers that you cannot trust, this is one of them”

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It was 21 years ago today…

April 19th, 2010

On the 19th of April 1989, four days after 94 (which eventually rose to 96) Liverpool supporters lost their lives at Hillsborough, Kelvin MacKenzie (editor) and The Sun newspaper printed the following headline:

“The Truth.
Some fans picked pockets of victims
Some fans urinated on the brave cops
Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life.”

While families of the bereaved and survivors of the disaster were still coming to terms with what happened four days earlier, they were hit with another blow, they were being blamed for killing their own.

It was all of course a pack of lies, printed for the sole reason of selling more papers. Evidently, with a 21 year-strong boycott of the newspaper on Merseyside, it has had the opposite effect. Despite thinly veiled-so called ’apologies’ from the rag many years after MacKenzie had left, the boycott has stood strong and has been justified after the following quote from him:

“I only apologised because Rupert Murdoch told me to. I wasn’t sorry then and I’m not sorry now because we told the truth.”

Although the boycott is strong, there are still a number of Liverpool supporters who still buy The Sun, hopefully this website will go some way in educating them.

Here’s a video to mark the 21 year-strong boycott:

Don’t Buy The Sun: A 22 year-strong boycott from Don't Buy The Sun on Vimeo.

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21 years on, gone but not forgotten

April 15th, 2010

Ninety six friends we all shall miss, and all the Kopites want justice.

RIP the 96

21 years without justice, 21 years too long.

Please take a minute out of your day at 3:06, to remember the 96.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

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20 years on, Liverpool has still not forgiven the newspaper it calls ‘The Scum’

February 25th, 2010

Owen Gibson and Helen Carter The Guardian, Saturday 18 April 2009 

The front page of Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper read “96 Tears” on Thursday, the headline over a story about the previous day’s moving tribute to the Hillsborough dead. Not that many people on Merseyside saw it.

The newspaper, which has a circulation of more than 3m nationally, sold just 8,000 copies in the area on the day of the memorial service at Anfield, which was attended by more than 30,000 people.

Inside the newspaper, still known as “The Scum” in Liverpool, ”lifelong fan” David Wooding, the Whitehall editor, delivered a poignant tribute to the men, women and children who lost their lives. But for those who gathered at Anfield this week, it was far too little and far too late. 

At the Albert pub, squeezed next to the ground, football scarves and Liverpool memorabilia cover the walls and ceiling. The entrance of the pub has a poster mocking the front page of the Sun’s notorious splash, which appeared a few days after the tragedy. The tabloid’s masthead appears to be dripping in blood. “The truth,” it reads. “96 dead. Hillsborough 15th April 1989. Don’t buy the Sun.”

Tommy Doran, who works at the Albert, remembers one regular reading the Sun in a corner of the pub. “I went over to him and said: ‘What’s that?’ and he went: ‘The Sun.’ I just ripped it up into pieces in front of him.” Like many others on Merseyside, Doran will never forgive the decision of then editor Kelvin MacKenzie to lead on 19 April 1989 with a story headlined “The Truth” that was anything but. In it, quoting unnamed police sources and a Tory MP, it claimed drunken Liverpool fans urinated on and picked the pockets of the dead, hampered rescue efforts and attacked policemen.

Lord Taylor’s subsequent report into the tragedy later made it clear that it was the decision to open a gate to ease a crush outside the ground and a failure to direct fans away from the central pen once inside that was the main cause. The Sun’s slurs still linger and, according to some relatives of the victims, hampered a fight for justice that goes on to this day.

The hatred they feel for the paper still burns fiercely and the Sun has all but given up trying to repair relations.

Sun reporters know they will never get exclusives from former players who remember the disaster and its effect. Current players such as Steven Gerrard, who lost a cousin in the disaster, are similarly aware of the sensitivities involved.

Some at the paper believe it became the target for the anger of fans partly because of the failure of officials to accept responsibility. Managing editor Graham Dudman wrote two weeks ago: “Despite some members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group publicly accepting our apology, it made little difference on Merseyside where the community has to live with the knowledge that no police officer or ground official was ever convicted for the mistakes that led to the tragedy.” For most, the time for apologies has long gone. Tom Hughes, a Liverpool fan, said: “I would never buy it and people round here won’t buy it again for another 20 years. It has gone too far. There has been the apology from Kelvin MacKenzie then he took it back saying he was forced to apologise. What does that say to people?”

Mackenzie admitted the story was a “fundamental mistake” before a Commons committee in 1993. But at a private lunch in 2006, he suggested he had only apologised because Rupert Murdoch forced him to and was quoted as saying: “All I did wrong was tell the truth … I was not sorry then and I’m not sorry now.”

In 2004, there was a concerted push by the Sun to try to move on from what it called “the most terrible mistake in its history” but many agreed with the Liverpool Echo’s condemnation of it as a “cynical and shameless” exercise.

Dudman went to Liverpool for informal talks with members of the Hillsborough Families Support Group but a formal approach to speak to the group was rejected. “Do you forgive Hitler for what he’s done? Does anybody forgive Pol Pot? We are not God,” said Margaret Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son at Hillsborough. “I cannot forgive people like that. And that Sun newspaper, may God forgive them – not me.”

Years of regret

1989 Kelvin MacKenzie ignores the pleas of senior colleagues and plumps for a front page headline reading The Truth, with three sub-headings: “Some fans picked pockets of victims; Some fans urinated on the brave cops; Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life”. MacKenzie is persuaded by Rupert Murdoch to apologise. 

1993 Appearing in front of a Commons select committee, MacKenzie said: “I regret Hillsborough. It was a fundamental mistake. The mistake was I believed what a (Tory) MP said.”

2004 After the Sun pays Wayne Rooney a six-figure sum for a series of exclusive interviews following Euro 2004, he is criticised in his home town of Liverpool. In response, the Sun carries a full page apology for “the most terrible mistake in its history” but also claims the campaign has been stirred up by the Trinity Mirror-owned Liverpool Echo. 

2006 At a private business lunch at a Newcastle law firm MacKenzie is reported to have retracted his apology: “I wasn’t sorry then and I’m not sorry now because we told the truth.” 

2007 MacKenzie, appearing on Question Time, says he shouldn’t have to apologise. “The issue about it is that story has become so caught up in a battle … that actually no matter what I said would resolve the issue.”

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The Sun at 40

February 24th, 2010

A Parody from Saturday Night Fry

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