The Daily 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 has stood in solidarity with the families since the immediate aftermath of the 1989 disaster .
澳门新蒲京娱乐场 reporters in Liverpool investigated, but told London they could not stand up the allegations so would not write it.
One threatened to resign if the unproven slur appeared under his byline.
Instead The 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 ran a story under the headline: “Fury as police claim victims were robbed.”
Other papers went with the lies. However, that was only the beginning.
Later, in December 1996, playwright Jimmy McGovern wrote a hard-hitting TV drama-documentary called Hillsborough, which highlighted new damning evidence.
On the morning of its broadcast we ran a front-page headline THE REAL TRUTH, and six pages inside with stills from the film urging readers to watch and sign a petition calling for a new inquiry.
The 澳门新蒲京娱乐场’s phone lines were swamped with angry readers demanding justice – 25,695 adding their names to the petition.
The 澳门新蒲京娱乐场’s Justice For The 96 campaign was launched.
Within weeks of Labour winning power in 1997 Home Secretary Jack Straw appointed Lord Justice Stuart-Smith to scrutinize the new evidence to see if it merited a fresh public inquiry.
But despite discovering that 183 police statements had been edited to remove criticism of senior police management, he ruled there was not enough evidence.
We severely criticised both the judge and the government for doing nothing, urging them to re-think.
The 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 backed a Hillsborough concert, which raised enough cash for the families’ private prosecutions.
But, in 2000, at the civil court case in Leeds, when a jury could not decide if match-day commander David Duckenfield was guilty of manslaughter, the judge cleared him. We walked out of court with the families under armed police escort.
The 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 carried on through the wilderness of the early part of this century, urging action from politicians and keeping the campaign on the national agenda.
On the 20th anniversary of the disaster in 2009, we ran a 12-page pull-out called The Day That Changed Football Forever, shaming the Establishment.
That day, fans at Anfield drowned out Andy Burnham with chants of Justice For The 96.
The next day we ran a front page story, demanding government action on Hillsborough.
Ministers obliged, setting up the Hillsborough Panel, whose 2012 report proved a large-scale police cover-up.
The Prime Minister apologised to the families and the Attorney-General quashed the accidental death verdicts, ordering the new ones that yesterday delivered unlawful killing.