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The Andrew Jennings Edition

Magazine 3 The Andrew Jennings Edition

SPORT & POLITICS 3, January 2022
SPORT & POLITICS 3, January 2022
Dear subscribers, readers, friends, ladies and gentlemen.
It has unfortunately taken a long time again - and then this newsletter is also a sad occasion. To kick off the year 2022, I am pleased to present issue 3 of SPORT & POLITICS magazine. It is a unique issue - entirely in English - in honour of the greatest investigative Olympic journalist of all time, my friend Andrew Jennings, who passed away on 8 January 2022 at the age of 78.
Please read the list of contributors, more than 50 from 17 countries, who pay tribute to the life and work of Andrew Jennings in magnificent texts. Such a collection of expertise and journalistic depth has rarely been seen in the sporting political profession. And yes, some might expect this of me, Joseph Blatter has contributed to this issue - writing about his greatest enemy outside FIFA. Says Sepp:
When I look at what is happening in FIFA today, I would be glad if Andrew Jennings were still here.
This magazine is a tour d'horizon through 30 years of sports history and journalism on the question: What must journalism do in the sports business? What must we do, what would Andrew Jennings do - in 2022, the year of sports rogue states China and Qatar?
Among other things, I noted in the editorial:
With The Lords of the Rings research was established in the field of sport politics. Many journalists still misunderstand research today - and believe that it is research to find a telephone number or an email address; or that it is research to obtain information from the press offices of the IOC and FIFA in order to disseminate their fabricated propaganda postulates unfiltered. In the past, this was called collecting material. Today, collecting material is called googling.
Research, however, begins at the moment when one compiles and publishes information that others do not want published. Whether IOC members, FIFA presidents, managers of sports marketing agencies, politicians, sheikhs and emirs or world federation presidents. Sometimes, that is perhaps the high art, often also connected with luck, but in any case with knowledge, courage and perseverance, as lived by Andrew Jennings, you can then call it investigative journalism.
You don’t earn this honour by parroting press releases or publishing meaningless answers from press offices.
It is not about publishing what the powerful, the influential, the crooks want the media to publish. It’s about publishing what they don’t want to be published! If that is combined with deep knowledge and first-class analysis - all the better.
That is journalism.
But enough of the preface. I firmly believe that anyone who reads this magazine, written by people who have experienced it on many fronts, will understand the past 30 years in the sports-political journalistic business a little better. I learned a lot, and many texts moved me to tears, again and again, even on the tenth reading. I laughed far from just out of sadness - many episodes, quotes and whole contributions are just terrific.
Andrew Jennings wants us to laugh - and to continue in his spirit!
It is a one-of-a-kind magazine that we present to you here. You know where to buy the magazine and to support investigative journalism.
The table of contents:
Andrew Jennings Some thoughts on our simple craft
Jens Weinreich Let’s get on with it!
Vyv Simpson How it all began
Richard W. Pound “He did not hesitate to boldly go where no one else had ever gone”
Frank Brandsås The Orange Skier 
Albert Knechtel “Sincere, courageous, conscientious”
Patrick Nally How we will miss him
Mathew D. Rose Rebel with a cause
John Hoberman Collusion with the evil
Jan Jensen Advantages of Christiana
Jay Coakley The experience of hosting an investigative reporter
Alan Tomlinson & John Sugden Hunger for documents
Thomas Kistner The legend remains
Jens Sejer Andersen The Incomparable
Sepp Blatter “… I would be glad if Andrew Jennings was still here”
Bob Munro Uniquely rambunctious, uniquely resolute
Ezequiel Fernández Moores The muckraker who always had hope
Pablo Vignone Face to Face
Craig Lord “Slayer of the Corrupt”
Lars Jørgensen Trips to Lausanne and Washington
Lars Werge The future of sports journalism
Drew Sullivan “That disrespect for authority”
Declan Hill Why we need Andrew more than ever
Juca Kfouri Fearless, ironic, ferocious, funny
Henrik H. Brandt How sport officials redefined the term bad company
James Oliver Master of the doorstop
Romário “An inspiration, tireless, fearless”
Lasana Liburd “Part-journalist, part-activist”
Jean François Tanda Empowering, encouraging
Dominik Schmid “A gentle giant”
Christer Ahl He had a cause
Hans-Joachim Seppelt “A role model for me”
James Corbett That famous mane of white hair
David Triesman “There is no rest for the wicked”
Bonita Mersiades To everything there is a season
Katarina Pijetlović Unforgotten
Rosa López de D‘Amico “It’s time to start digging”
Bob Mackin FOI, please!
Steven Berryman A life-altering article
Alex Phillips “Get it done!”
Afonso Morais The tricks of Tricky Ricky
Lúcio de Castro “It was worth it!”
Graham Dunbar Tick. Tick. Tick.
Søren Bang Well-founded, fact-based
Grit Hartmann “Go for the bastards!”
Dominik Sinnreich “Find those decent guys!”
Laura Robinson “Walk his path”
Nikki Dryden From naïve Olympian to critical writer
Roger Pielke  The truth matters
Andreas Selliaas “Go to Brazil!”
Alejandro Wall Professor punk
All subscribers, buyers and those who booked the Tokyo Pass six months ago will receive the magazine today.
Kind regards!
Jens Weinreich
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