On Wednesday 12th September 2012, the world heard the unpalatable truth about the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 men, women and children 23 years ago. The truth is the reason why I set out to make a documentary over three years ago. I wanted there to be a body of work online, that would outlive us all, and that would allow those who were there to tell the real story of the Hillsborough disaster in their own words. No script, no agenda, just the ability to tell the story as it happened.
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Ahead of yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Chelsea, a moment of reflection was scheduled before kick-off so that the 96 fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough in 1989 could be remembered.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is always a tragedy, but even more so when their death is guised with cruel rumours in the mainstream press. When 96 Liverpool FC fans were crushed to death in Hillsborough in 1989, in what was supposed to be nothing more than a fun day at the football, the Sun’s front page the next day was not only staggeringly disrespectful in the way it was presented but it created deep wounds that have endured for two decades of campaigning for justice – a battle to have the truth recognized as the official version of events.
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