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Piers Morgan FIRED!
Friday 14th May 2004
Last night Piers Morgan
wassacked as editor of the Daily
This comes after a crunch meeting
with boss Sly Bailey over the Iraq
Piers had worked there for eight and a half years however this
was one action the newspaper could not ignore.
Just before he was let go, Piers was asked to say sorry for his
actions that gave the paper such a bad name.
He refusedand just after 6 o’clock last nightthey sent him
Shortly after being fired he spoke to the media. “If nobody
knows the provenance of these photographs, why should we
The pictures Piers published
caused so much distress because
they are ofBritish soldiers
apparently abusing Iraqi prisoners.
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
however proved that they were
staged and set up a strong
campaign over the Mirror's
handling of the images.
They also explained how the Mirror put British troops in danger
by running the photographs.
In one picture a soldier is seen urinating on a hooded man while
in another the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin.
It is from this where The Sun
newspaper had offered a
£50,000 reward for
“Information about the fake
They took the offer
backshortly after Morgan’s
Roger Goodman of the
regiment said, “It is just a
great pity it has taken so
long... and that so much
damage has been done in the
The Mirror explained yesterday morning“They were a
calculated and malicious hoax.”
“The Daily Mirror published in good
faith photographs which it absolutely
believed were genuine images of British
soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner”, the
The aftermath left Piers Morgan
without a job as the paper believed it
would be “Inappropriate for Morgan to continue as editor.”
Downing Street were informed however they refused to
comment on the topic and left the Mirror to sort their own mess
Piers’ departure has left many shocked because this morning
prior to his late meeting he spoke with such energy and
confidence when speaking to ITV. “All I want to say is we
published the truth.”
“We have revealed a can of worms. If the government chooses
to ignore that, it is entirely a matter for them.” He went on to
From this it explains Piers has not shown any remorse for his
actions and believes he did everything properly.
Des Kelly, Morgan’s deputy will now replace him in the short
term running of the paper.
When Kelly spoke out he explained that all the staff were in
tears when it was first announced.
His colleagues may have been sad to see him leave, however
many people agree with the decision to let Piers go.
Andrew Neil the former editor of the Sunday times leads the
shots fired towards Piers.
“This was about the life of British soldiers, and you can't tough
it out when you're wrong”
Now there will be further investigations into these images and
of the British soldiers concerned.