Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Daily Mirror photos and Piers Morgan

In 2004 the Daily Mirror published photos that appeared to show British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.

The editor of the Daily Mirror, Piers Morgan, was sacked after the British military claimed that it had evidence that the photos were fake.


Medialens points out:

"Although definitive proof of the fraudulence of the photographs was promised, it has never been provided - the issue was simply forgotten and the media moved on.

"Earlier this month all allegations were dropped against the only soldier charged with faking the photos.

"'Apparently, there was no hard evidence of a hoax after all,'" Piers Morgan comments in the New Statesman. (Morgan, Diary, New Statesman, May 30, 2005)

Morgan told the BBC last month: "I think it is time the Government and the Ministry of Defence and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment put up some real evidence that these pictures were indeed a hoax. We have already seen from court-martials that much worse than we put forward was going on."

Who were the journalists who suggested the photos were fake?

Melanie Phillips
"I think it's an act of treachery"

Peter Preston
"The staged photographs increased the pressure on our boys in Basra"

Andrew Neil
"They were fakes from the start, they were clearly fakes"

Jon Snow
"It was pretty obvious they were a hoax from beginning to end"


Are any of the above named journalists working for the security services?

A quote from an article about MI5:

"It is also widely known that journalist Jon Snow (presently of Channel 4) was offered a tax-free salary to become their agent. He declined, and has indicated concern that others in the media might have received similar offers, and accepted."

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