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Critical sports journalism - tough but necessary.

October 31st, 2007 by Troels Kaltoft and Rasmus Wilhardt · No Comments

“During the tour de France, my family and I was threatened on our lives. That wasn’t funny”, Lars Werge says. He is a sports journalist at the Danish newspaper “Ekstra Bladet”, which is considered a critical media as well as Werge is considered a critical journalist. He has written numerous articles on doping in professional cycling, which has made him unpopular in some circles.

The threats at Lars Werges weblog during this years tour de France are just one example of, which consequences doing critical stories can have on him as a person.

“It would be easier to write articles about results in Football, but I feel it is necessary to do the critical stories as well. That’s why I took my education in journalism”, Lars Werge says.

Another critical sports journalist, Andrew Jennings, who wrote the book “Foul!” on corruption in FIFA, agrees with Lars Werge on that matter.

“Some journalist are writing about the football match last night. But that is not important. The important thing is where does the money go? Follow the money! But unfortunately many journalists don’t do that”, Jennings says.

Hear Andrew Jennings tell more about his views on critical journalism and the opposite:

Tags: Sports journalism

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