More anti-immigration lies


by Sunny
19th July, 2006 at 11:36 am    

The Sunday Times has apologised and paid £20,000 to a lawyer it falsely accused of advising immigrants wanting a passport to enter into a fake gay marriage.

The Sunday paper admitted its reporter never interviewed Dr Akbar Malik of immigration legal firm Malik Law Chambers in the east end of London, for its February 19 article headlined “Migrants use gay marriage loophole”.

The story wrongly alleged that Dr Malik had advised a Sunday Times undercover reporter on how to obtain a passport by entering into a sham civil partnership. Dr Malik was in fact overseas at the time. [Guardian]

Wow, you’d never think the British media made up stories to demonise immigrants, would you?


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  1. sonia — on 19th July, 2006 at 12:27 pm  

    Not many people know anything much about immigration so it wouldn’t suprise me to find out that most of what we hear are urban legends.

  2. Rakhee — on 19th July, 2006 at 2:02 pm  

    slightly off topic but speaking of immigration, apparently the home office are in for an overhaul

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5193340.stm

  3. Gaz — on 19th July, 2006 at 3:28 pm  

    The Sunday times is a joke of a newspaper. It is a larger version of the daily mail. It is full of sensationalist rubbish.

  4. Vladimir — on 19th July, 2006 at 3:33 pm  

    I agree with Sonia, the idea of urban legends, but these are only created and even perpetuated by the media, who should be informing the public, instead of sensationalising and misreporting on a very important issue.

  5. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 21st July, 2006 at 12:25 am  

    It is a great shame that The Times shows such a lack of wisdom, especially when it frowns on the more top shelf papers for simular crimes. I’d be very interested in understanding how they got themselves in such a stupid position where they left themselves open to be sued. If the guy wasn’t in the country for the alleged interview, that is a school boy error. Heads should roll.

    At this point it is nice to note that, on occasion, our papers can be be caught when they lie. Fear of this legal retribution is what keeps them honest.

    It is a great shame that so few non-Western countries share this practise of keeping the media and polictains accountable to the public.

    TFI

  6. AverageWhiteBloke — on 21st July, 2006 at 3:09 am  

    Sunny,

    The Sunday Times isn’t “British media”. It’s owned by an Australian pretending to be a Yank. His TV stations and newspapers speak for the White House and the groups that influence US government policy. His outlets promote disharmony and bigotry. The scumbag in question is probably more responsible than any single person for the lowering of standards in the UK media. I guess we should be thankful that he is very old and his offspring are inept.

  7. hippie — on 24th July, 2006 at 9:21 pm  

    Wow, racist and homophobic in one fell swoop… they have excelled themselves!!

    We have big battles to fight still [sigh]

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