The unlawful killing verdict in the Hillsborough inquest has, quite rightly, dominated the news over the last 24 hours. As Neil Atkinson wrote in these pages yesterday, the disaster was a national disgrace that is still ruining lives today.
It’s not just considered to be a “tabloid” story, either:
Even the right-wing papers – generally not the first in line to have a go at the police, this mole observes – had space for it:
Even the Express made space above its latest wonder drug story for the verdict:
And, of course, the Liverpool Echo has a fantastic splash:
So why, you might ask, did Britain’s biggest-selling daily paper not have room for this clearly important story?
Well, this has a lot to do with it:
The paper’s 1989 coverage was based on claims by unnamed police sources, blaming fans for the disaster. In 2012, after the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, the paper printed a front page apology:
Yet today it can only find room for a small leader column noting the tragedy:
And yet, the truth of what happened at Hillsborough still isn’t front page news, as far as the Sun is concerned.
Update, 12.39pm 27 April:
The Times has issued an apology for not including the Hillsborough story on its first edition:
“The Times lead with Hillsborough coverage on all our digital editions throughout the day. This morning we have covered it extensively in the paper with two spreads, the back page, a top leader and an interactive on the victims. We made a mistake with the front page of our first edition, and we fixed it for the second edition.”
The first edition looked like this:
The second, updated version: