In September 2016, South Africa based journalist Yazeed Kamaldien reports on the Hajj, traveling to Madinah and Makkah in Saudi Arabia to follow the route of millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world. In order to help journalists who are planning to cover this major religious event this year or in the future, Yazeed Kamaldien shares with the IARJ some helpful tips.
Religion journalists in Ghana can apply for the International Association of Religion Journalists conference on “Reporting on Religion and Spirituality in Africa”, to be held in Accra, next July 28-29.
The International Association of Religion Journalists is pleased to announce the election of Endy Bayuni, as Executive Director, and Douglas Todd, as Chair of the executive Committee. They will guide the international organization in the years to come, thus continuing the dream that brought two dozen journalists together in the founding meeting, in 2012.
Questions and Answers with Muna Abdelfattah.
Mainstream media often misrepresents the complicated and dynamic realities of religion in the Middle East. Integral and comprehensive coverage requires long-term, embedded service. That is precisely the kind of work that Muna Abdelfattah has been doing for almost 15 years. Despite the constant threat of silencing from opponents of journalistic freedom, she continues to bring us her invaluable perspective both as a writer at Alaraby Aljadeed newspaper in London and at Makkah newspaper in Saudi Arabia, and as a researcher in political science at the University of Khartoum in Sudan.
Religious fashion matters. It matters to individuals who view wearing head scarves, kippas and turbans as a positive expression of faith, and it matters to societies increasingly setting restrictions on religious attire in response to concerns ranging from security to the belief that increasing diversity represents a threat to the essential character of their nations. So how, in the face of intense political and social pressures, can nations balance issues of religious freedom, tolerance and national identity? A developing body of research sheds some light on the debate.
Leading journalists discussed the best way to cover contentious global religious issues at a major international congress held in the capital of Jordan.
Although religious freedom is clearly guaranteed by constitutional laws, Muslim communities are still struggling to get equal rights in various countries in Europe.
Ahsan Raza from Pakistan and Prince Charles Dickson from Nigeria are two journalists who want to share with us some realities and perspectives of covering religion in their respective countries.
What is the state of religion coverage in the Arab world? In order to understand the reality of religion reporting in the Arab media, I contacted a number of journalists from Arab countries who are interested in the topic. Read about how religion is covered in Algeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Lebanon.