Editor demands apology from cops

AFP-JIJI

The former editor of British tabloid The Sun who blamed Liverpool fans for causing the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster on Wednesday revealed he was demanding an apology from police.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid caused outrage when then-editor Kelvin MacKenzie ran a front-page story headlined “The Truth”, together with false claims that supporters picked the pockets of victims and urinated on police.

MacKenzie wrote in The Spectator magazine that he suffered “personal vilification for decades” after running the story based on accounts given by South Yorkshire Police sources.

A report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel published this month exposed a police coverup and cleared Liverpool supporters of blame for the tragedy in which 96 fans died.

The report found that 164 police statements had been altered, 116 of them to remove or change “unfavorable” accounts about the force’s handling of the crisis.