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Taking sport seriously

Sport has never been more important, but its meaning and appeal are still not taken seriously, at least in Britain. It is time for sport to enjoy the same cultural weight as the performing arts, and to be judged by the normal standards of public life

By David Goldblatt   December 2007


In issue 135 we published an article entitled “The Making of a Terrorist” by Shiv Malik. A letter by Martin Gilbertson commenting on certain aspects of this article was published under the title “My brother the bomber 2” in Issue 136. Both the article and the letter made reference to Hanif Malik, a prominent community leader in Beeston and the former director of the Hamara Healthy Living Centre. The article and the letter made a number of serious allegations about Mr Malik. These included allegations in both publications that he promoted the spread of radical Islamist…

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