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Trinity Mirror PLC
14 May 2004


14th May 2004

The Daily Mirror

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 cooperate 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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