Liverpool councillors have unanimously backed a motion calling on retailers in the city to stop selling the Sun newspaper.
A widespread boycott of the newspaper has been in place across Merseyside for more than 25 years in protest at the paper’s coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, which left 96 people dead.
At a council meeting in Liverpool town hall on Wednesday night, councillors backed a motion calling on shops to stop selling the paper, condemning it for publishing “blatant lies”.
“Due to crowd control mismanagement those fans, whose ages ranged from 10 to 67 years old, had the life crushed out of them,” the motion said. “Contrary to the facts, the S*n published a front page story with the banner headline ‘The Truth’ which contained blatant lies.”
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The paper’s initial coverage claimed that Liverpool fans were drunk and had attacked those trying to help the victims of the disaster. The report claimed that fans had pickpocketed the dead and urinated on police.
“For this reason we call on all retailers and vendors of newspapers in Liverpool to stop selling the S*n,” said the motion, which applauded the work by campaign group Total Eclipse of the Sun for working to “rid Liverpool of the paper”.
A spokesman for the Sun said they would not be commenting on the vote.