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A Brit living and working in the US has been sacked from his job for running a blog.

Iain Murray - who until recently was the Director of Research for a Washington DC-based non-profit organisation - is currently considering whether to pursue legal action against his former employer.

With that in mind he is reluctant to say anything that might jeopardise any future action.

However, on January 15 he wrote on his blog: "Sacked for blogging"

"My employment was terminated this morning, with this blog stated as the reason. I was somewhat surprised by this as my previous boss had been happy for myself and a former colleague to run blogs," he wrote.

Mr Murray explained that he spent no more time working on the blog as other colleagues spent taking breaks from work to have a cigarette.

Although he offered to cease producing the blog his employer declined the gesture and Mr Murray was "fired on the spot".

Mr Murray is currently looking for new employment.

Last year US journalist, Steve Olafson, was sacked from his job at the Houston Chronicle for running a blog amid allegations - denied by Mr Olafson as it happens - that he used it to rat on local politicians. ®

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