Variant magazine banned from Tramway and threatened with legal action

Free arts and culture magazine, Variant has been 'banned' from the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow and threatened with legal action, following what has been described as ‘potentially defamatory’ statements in an article.

Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG), the private company which has taken over the running of culture and sport from Glasgow City Council has allegedly issued an order banning Variant magazine from the Tramway following the publication of a piece entitled ‘The New Bohemia’ in its Summers issue.

The piece centered around the creation of Culture and Sport Glasgow, based on an academic study undertaken by University of Strathclyde student, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt.

A press release sent to Scotland’s media stated; “Despite having been contacted earlier this year to input into the research for this article, James Doherty, media manager of Culture and Sport Glasgow, and President of the National Union of Journalists on publication, threatened legal action over its content, and has since reneged on responding to Variant’s invitation to identify and correct any substantial inaccuracies he alleged existed.”

A spokesman for Culture and Sport Glasgow said: "We can confirm that the publication has been removed as a result of inaccuracies, many of which are potentially defamatory."

They also confirmed that the magazine would was only removed until any potential legal issues were resolved.

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