It was announced yesterday that a new independent panel has been appointed to oversee the release of documents related to the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster.

According to the Home Office, the panel’s job will be to make sure the Hillsborough families and wider public receive the maximum possible disclosure of governmental and other agency information on the events that occurred and their aftermath. The panel will also produce a report illustrating how the information released adds to public understanding of the tragedy and advise on options for establishing a designated Hillsborough document archive.

It will also consult with the Hillsborough families, to ensure their views are taken into account.

The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, has been appointed as chair, and the rest of the panel will be appointed early in the new year.

This is very good news for all concerned. Will disclosure finally lead to a public apology from the Sun for their disgraceful coverage of the events that day?

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