The definition of cover-up (Merriam-Webster dictionary) is:
'a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public'
|The Hillsborough stadium disaster||The Kennedy assassination||The Jimmy Savile
|The Roger Moore foreword|
The Hillsborough stadium disaster led to the "the biggest cover-up in history", it has been claimed as a new report disclosed the extent to which police doctored statements and tried to blame innocent fans. Prosecutions for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice against public bodies and officials could be considered while the discredited inquests into the 96 deaths are almost certain to be re-opened. There are also calls for a fresh public inquiry to question those involved.
A panel given unprecedented access to 450,000 official documents about the fatal crush at an FA Cup match discovered that officers had tried to smear the dead by checking them for criminal records and medics had tried to prove they were drunk, while police and ambulance workers doctored hundreds of statements to deflect criticism. Authorities in Sheffield knew well in advance that the football ground was unsafe, the report found, and flawed inquests ignored the fact that up to half of the victims could have been saved had the rescue attempts been better.
Families of the dead said they had been vindicated in their 23-year battle to uncover the truth but stressed they would continue their efforts to bring those responsible to justice.
Daily Telegraph report, Sept. 2102
On November 22, 1963, US Democratic President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.
Controversy and speculation has always swirled around the assassination and it continues even today, almost 50 years on.
While initial reports named the shooter as Lee Harvey Oswald, several events have since questioned this. Within days, Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald in front of hundreds of people -- obviously to shut him up.
Moreover, several people still wonder what involvement the Kennedy brothers played in Marilyn's death and ask whether JFK's death was a result of a settling of accounts.
In recent years, Oliver Stone's take on the assassination raised even more questions, as JFK could have been the target of various individuals and groups.
JFK was truly a different breed of President, both in his personal and professional life, and to this day his life and death captivate our imagination.
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The BBC was accused of a "cover-up" over the Jimmy Savile scandal after it published heavily censored evidence from a probe into the affair. More than 3,000 pages of transcripts, including bitter recriminations by senior BBC staff about the dropped Newsnight investigation into the paedophile, contained significant portions of blacked-out passages.
The transcripts are based on the evidence of 19 people, including Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman, director of global news Peter Horrocks, former BBC director-general George Entwistle and BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, who were interviewed as part of the probe. In his heavily redacted evidence, Paxman said he told bosses the programme must run the Savile story before an ITV programme on the late DJ was aired. The presenter said that when he read reports on the forthcoming documentary, he told Newsnight editor Peter Rippon the show should report the sex abuse allegations. He said Rippon's response was a "blanket refusal to entertain the idea". Paxman said: "What struck me about his reply ... He said, 'I am sorry, I just can't do this'. And I thought that was a very, very unusual word to use, 'can't'." He also revealed that Savile's "repellent" behaviour was "common gossip" at the corporation.
The documents, which include emails and texts, were compiled in the inquiry into the Savile scandal led by Nick Pollard, the ex-head of Sky News, and formed the basis of his report on the dropped Newsnight probe. The review was set up by the BBC last year to find if management failings were behind the decision to axe the six-week inquiry into the child sex claims against Savile in December 2011, weeks before a Christmas tribute was broadcast. The Pollard report, published on December 19, found BBC chiefs knew of Jimmy Savile's "darker side" months before his perverted past came to light and the decision to shelve the programme was "seriously flawed".
London Evening Standard, Feb 2013
In May 2011 Sir Roger Moore, best known for his roles as the Saint and the third James Bond, agreed to write the foreword to For Your Ears Only the autobiography of his long-time friend, the voice-over actress Nikki van der Zyl. Over sixteen months later when the book was already at the printers, the publishers received a letter from Sir Roger's office saying he had revoked his permission to use his foreword. Hundreds of first run books had to be destroyed. Roger did not have the courtesy of contacting his old friend directly and so she posted an open letter to him on her website. At that time the film world was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr. No, made in 1962. Nikki had played an important part in its success by dubbing the voice of Ursula Andress who had a thick Swiss-German accent.
The Daily Mail picked up the story and reported that Gareth Owen, Sir Roger's UK representative and co-author of the book My Word is My Bond, said the reason for Sir Roger withdrawing his foreword was because of a letter the actor received from Nikki's son, 51 year old company director Darrell van der Zyl. But when the London Evening Standard contacted Mr. van der Zyl he denied he had written to Sir Roger. There was no reason to withdraw the foreword on the basis of the book's content; there is nothing in it which is offensive toward Roger or anyone else. Roger had endorsed the book by writing: "Nikki became a good friend, and we often socialised, met up at parties, and crossed in the post production theatre at Pinewood."
So who brought pressure to bear and why did Roger comply? Various rumours circulate: was it someone who holds a grudge against Nikki because of professional jealousy (always a powerful motive)? Maybe it isn't someone in the film world, but a relative motivated by malice? It does Sir Roger no credit to remain silent on this matter. Doesn't his old friend deserve better from him? Until then, the cover-up will continue.