Daily Mirror editor ousted over Iraqi abuse photos
Piers Morgan, editor of London's Daily Mirror newspaper, was ousted on Friday over publication of pictures of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops that proved to be fake.
Despite mounting expert criticism of the pictures, and a statement by the Government on Thursday that they were fake, Morgan insisted until the end that his stories of abuse by British troops were accurate.
"The pictures accurately illustrated the reality about the appalling conduct of some British troops," he said.
But on Friday, the newspaper's owners Trinity Mirror threw in the towel and threw out their editor.
"The Daily Mirror published in good faith photographs which it absolutely believed were genuine images of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner," the statement said.
"However there is now sufficient evidence to suggest that these pictures are fakes and that the Daily Mirror has been the subject of a calculated and malicious hoax.
Morgan's ousting came hard on the heels of a full frontal attack by the QLR, accusing the newspaper of being a recruiting poster for al Qaeda and urging the flamboyant editor to step down.
The Mirror had campaigned vigorously against the invasion of Iraq.
"It's time that the ego of one editor is measured against the life of the soldier," Brigadier Geoff Sheldon told reporters.