After the revelation that photos published by the rabidly-anti war Daily Mirror purporting to show prisoner abuse in Iraq by British troops were obvious fakes, the newspaper has fired its (largely unrepentant) editor. The Daily Telegraph <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/05/15/dl1502.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/05/15/ixnewstop.html
“>’mourns’ his passing.
“… Morgan waded far out of his depth when he took the decision to publish photographs purporting to show soldiers of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment kicking and humiliating defenceless prisoners in Iraq. Far too late, the publishers of the Mirror admitted last night that those pictures were a “calculated and malicious hoax”. The damage – and it was terrible damage – had already been done.
“Morgan may indeed have believed, at the time when he published them, that the photographs were what they pretended to be – although almost every expert who saw them, military and photographic, raised the gravest doubts about their authenticity from the first glance. At best, Morgan allowed his hunger for a good story to obscure his judgment. At worst, he was guilty of a wildly irresponsible gamble. His protestations, as recently as yesterday, that it did not really matter whether or not the pictures were genuine, because they had “revealed a can of worms”, were nothing short of contemptible.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Morgan’s decision to publish those fake photographs put thousands of young British lives at risk in Iraq, and has jeopardised everything that our Servicemen have sacrificed so much to achieve. What may have seemed like a bit of a game to Morgan was a matter of life and death in Iraq. The Mirror is well rid of him.”