Morrissey to sue mag over immigration article

November 30th, 2007 - 6:02 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 30 (ANI): Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has filed a defamation case against NME magazine after it failed to apologise for an article focusing on his views on immigration.

NME criticised the 48-year-old singer in an article for reportedly telling a freelance journalist, Tim Jonze, that immigration is destroying Britains identity.

Morrisseys attorneys said that since the magazine has failed to apologise for writing such an article, they are now suing NME and its editor Conor McNicholas.

“The NME had until 1pm today to print a suitable apology to Morrissey. There only response to this deadline was to say that they ‘do not have time to respond to the allegations,’” BBC quoted the lawyers, as saying.

Earlier, the magazine released a statement which read: “We can confirm that Morrissey’s legal representatives have been in contact with NME and, pending the outcome of these discussions, we won’t be commenting any further.”

The conflict began when the magazine quoted Morrissey allegedly criticising immigration.

NME quoted Morrissey allegedly saying: “Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous.

“If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity.

“But travel to England and you have no idea where you are,” the singer said.

Morrissey, who has spent his last 10 years in Rome and Los Angeles, was apparently responding to a question about whether he would return to reside in the UK.

In a follow-up interview concerning his comments, the NME reported that Morrissey had said: “It could be construed that the reason I wouldn’t wish to live in England is the immigration explosion. And that’s not true at all.”

“There are other reasons why I would find England very difficult, such as the expense and the pressure,” he said.

He is reported to have added that he did not believe his comments were inflammatory, but were a statement of fact.

The singer’s manager accused the magazine of character assassination on the singer’s fan website, True To You.

Jonze who quizzed Morrissey, said that he didn’t approve of the singer’s comments and had found them offensive.

He said he had asked for his name to be removed from the article because it had been rewritten.
“I didn’t want my name on something I hadn’t written, even if some of it might have been similar to what I wrote originally,” he said. (ANI)

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