Dacre says Murdoch press support allowed Iraq war

Support of News International crucial to Iraq invasion, says Daily Mail chief.

Paul Dacre. Credit: Getty Images

Support of News International crucial to Iraq invasion, says Daily Mail chief.

Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre yesterday said other Fleet Street editors are not given freedom to edit and that Britain could not have invaded Iraq without the support of News International proprietor Rupert Murdoch.

Dacre revealed that he has turned down opportunities to edit the Times and the Telegraph because he believes that other proprietors would not have given him the freedom that Daily Mail and General Trust owner Lord Rothermere has.

He said: "Rupert Murdoch has been a very great proprietor in his time, but I don't think he would have given me the freedom I wished to have as an editor...

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