Süddeutsche Zeitung [ˈzyːtˌdɔʏtʃə ˈtsaɪtʊŋ] (German
for South German Newspaper), published in Munich, Bavaria, is one
of the largest daily newspapers in Germany.
3.3 Articles in English
3.4 Web presence
5 Notable writers
6 See also
8 Further reading
9 External links
On 6 October 1945, five months after the end of
World War II
World War II in
Germany, the SZ was the first newspaper to receive a license from the
U.S. military administration of Bavaria. The first issue was published
the same evening, allegedly printed from the repurposed presses that
had printed Mein Kampf. The first article begins with:
For the first time since the collapse of the brown rule of terror, a
newspaper run by Germans is published in Munich. It is limited by the
political necessities of our days, but it is not bound by censorship,
nor gagged by constraints of conscience.
The front page of the first issue can be read here (PDF).
A reversal in ad sales in the early 2000s was so severe that it
brought the paper to the brink of bankruptcy in October 2002. The
Süddeutsche survived through a 150 million euro investment by a new
shareholder, a regional newspaper chain called Südwestdeutsche
Medien. Over a period of three years, the newspaper underwent a
reduction in its staff, from 425, to 307, the closing of a regional
edition in Düsseldorf, and the scrapping of a section devoted to news
In spring 2004, SZ launched the Süddeutsche Bibliothek. Each week,
one out of 50 famous novels of the 20th century was made available in
hardcover at certain newsstands and in book shops. Later a series of
50 influential movies on DVD followed. In late 2004 the daily also
launched a popular science magazine, SZ Wissen. In late 2005 a
series of children's books continued this branch of special editions.
In early 2015, the newspaper received a 2.6-terabyte data set from an
anonymous source. The dataset contained confidential information of a
law firm offering the management of offshore companies. The newspaper
in conjunction with the International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists reviewed the data from the
Panama Papers for over a year
before publishing stories from it on 3 April 2016.
In the late 2017, the newspaper released snippets from a 1.4-terabyte
data set to be known as the
Paradise Papers containing about 13.4
million documents, throwing light on the financial offshore
jurisdictions, whose workings are unveiled, including Bermuda, the HQ
of the main company involved, Appleby, corporate services provider
Estera, corporate registries in Caribbean and Singapore-based
international trust and corporate services provider, Asiaciti Trust.
It contains the names of more than 120,000 people and companies.
The newspaper called in the International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists to oversee the investigation. BBC Panorama and the
Guardian are among the nearly 100 media groups investigating the
papers. The leaked data covers seven decades, from 1950 to 2016.
The title, often abbreviated SZ, translates as "South German
Newspaper". It is read throughout
Germany by 1.1 million readers daily
and boasts a relatively high circulation abroad. The editorial stance
of the newspaper is liberal and generally of centre-left,
leading some to joke that the SZ is the only opposition in the state
of Bavaria, which has been governed by the conservative Christian
Social Union of
Bavaria almost continuously since 1949. In the 2013
elections the paper was among the supporters of the SPD.
SZ is published in Nordisch format.
The national edition features four sections: Politics, Culture,
Economy and Sports. Editions sold in
Munich and its surrounding
counties include local news inserts.
The SZ is well known for its daily frontpage column Streiflicht
(searchlight) of 72 lines, which is published anonymously.
SZ Magazin (Friday), a magazine supplement
Wochenende (Saturday), featuring longer articles and short stories for
The New York Times
The New York Times (Friday), selected articles (English language).
The TV programme (Tuesday) and an event guide (Thursday) are only
included in the Bavarian edition.
Articles in English
SZ has published
The New York Times
The New York Times International Weekly on Mondays
since 2004, now a supplement on Fridays, an 8-page broadsheet insert
of English language articles from The New York Times.
Süddeutsche.de (formerly sueddeutsche.de) is the Internet portal of
the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The articles are made up of own
contributions from the Süddeutsche.de editors, from texts that are
taken over by the
Süddeutsche Zeitung and from agency reports. On the
50th birthday of the
Süddeutsche Zeitung launched on 6 October 1995
their internet edition under the name "SZonNet". The project went from
SZ-Text Archive (now DIZ - Documentation and Information Center
Munich) under the direction of Schmitt from Hella. At the beginning
there were no own editors, but selected contents of the print edition
have been taken. 1996 wrote Oliver Bantle from the SZ-Science
Department, the first journalistic online concept. This Focus on
science went online in the fall of that year with Angelika Jung-Huettl
as an editor. They created the first journalistic content that were
not in the newspaper. Editorial responsibility lay with the then
leader of the SZ Science Department, Martin Urban. In the spring of
1998, the travel journal went into the net. Wenke Hess wrote the
concept and implemented it as an editor.
The online content of Süddeutsche.de is created and maintained by 25
journalists. Circa 140 million clicks are received on Süddeutsche.de
pages.[vague] Sued-café is the virtual
lounge[clarification needed] for SZ readers.
During the third quarter of 1992 SZ had a circulation of 397,000
copies. The 1993 circulation of the paper was 304,499 copies.
In the period of 1995-96 the paper had a circulation of 407,000
Its 2001 circulation was 436,000 copies and it was one of the top 100
European newspapers. In 2003 SZ had a circulation of 433,000
copies. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the paper sold an average
of 441,955 copies. The circulation of the paper was 429,345 copies
in the first quarter of 2006. During the first quarter of 2012 it
had a circulation of 432,000 copies.
Some of Germany's best known journalists either work for the SZ or
spent considerable parts of their careers working for the paper.
Heribert Prantl, head of the national desk, is a lawyer by education,
a former public prosecutor, and the most cited author of editorial
commentaries in German press.
Hans Leyendecker is one of Germany's
best known investigative journalists. Leyendecker formerly worked for
the magazine Der Spiegel, unveiling various political and economic
scandals, such as the widespread illegal party financing during the
1980s, and that of the CDU in 1999. He also unveiled the smuggling of
Russian plutonium into
Germany with the help of the foreign
Bundesnachrichtendienst in 1994, bribery at arms
German Visa Affair 2005
German Visa Affair 2005 and corruption of the staff council
at Volkswagen. Another well-known journalist working for the SZ is
Rudolph Chimelli, a political reporter who has been working for the
paper since 1 January 1957.
Martin Süßkind also formerly worked with the SZ and eventually
became the editor of the Berliner Zeitung. Giovanni di Lorenzo, who
was responsible for the SZ's full page documentary Seite 3 (Page 3)
from 1994 to 1998, and who was later editor-in-chief of the
Tagesspiegel, also worked for the paper. He is now editor-in-chief of
the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit.
The investigative reporters
Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer
in 2016 initiated and coordinated the worldwide Panama
List of newspapers in Germany
Media of Germany
^ News Der Spiegel.
^ a b "The Substance of What S&P Is Saying Is Quite Right".
Spiegel Online. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
^ a b Ruud Koopmans; Barbara Pfetsch (May 2007). "Towards a
Europeanised Public Sphere? Comparing Political Actors and the Media
in Germany" (Report). Oslo: Centre for European Studies. Retrieved 19
^ "Suddeutsche Zeitung media kit 2015" (PDF). October 2015. Retrieved
22 July 2016.
^ a b Georg Hellack (1992). "Press, Radio and Television in the
Federal Republic of Germany" (Report). Inter Nationes. Retrieved 3
^ a b "Media Landscape Media Claims" (PDF). European Social Survey.
May 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
^ Sigurd Hess (2009). "German Intelligence Organizations and the
Media". Journal of Intelligence History. 9 (1-2).
^ Zerofsky, Elisabeth (11 November 2017). "How a German Newspaper
Became the Go-To Place for Leaks Like the Paradise Papers". The New
Yorker. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
^ Mark Landler (19 January 2004), MEDIA; Woes at Two Pillars of German
Journalism New York Times.
^ "New trend in Germany: scientific magazines by
Die Zeit and
Süddeutsche Zeitung". Editors Weblog. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 5
^ "Panama Papers. The secrets of dirty money". April 2016. Retrieved 3
^ "Paradise Papers: Your guide to four years of offshore revelations
Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine.".
^ "Paradise Papers: Everything you need to know about the leak
Archived 9 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine.".
^ Juan P. Artero (February 2015). "Political Parallelism and Media
Coalitions in Western Europe" (Working paper). Reuters Institute for
the Study of Journalism. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign.
Retrieved 5 February 2015.
^ Süedcafe Süeddeutsche Zeitung.
^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western
Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. Retrieved 29 October
^ Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE
Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10.
ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris.
2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
The New York Times
The New York Times of
Munich – Portrait of the Süddeutsche
Zeitung". Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
^ "European Publishing Monitor" (Report). Turku School of Economics
(Media Group). March 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies:
profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 298–304
Süddeutsche Zeitung online edition
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Panama as a tax haven
Ramón Fonseca Mora
Heads of state or
Salman of Saudi Arabia
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Former heads of state or
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Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists