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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Daily Mirror statement in full
Here is the text of the statement from the Daily Mirror as editor Piers Morgan is sacked.


The Daily Mirror published in good faith photographs which it absolutely believed were genuine images of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner.

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.

The Daily Mirror therefore apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the army in Iraq.

The paper will continue to co-operate fully with the investigation.

The board of Trinity Mirror has decided that it would be inappropriate for Piers Morgan to continue in his role as editor of the Daily Mirror and he will therefore be stepping down with immediate effect.

Des Kelly, Deputy Editor, will assume the role of acting editor.



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