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.
A multitude of international studies show that respect for religious diversity has the greatest potential for peace and that the stories journalists tell about minority religions can make a real difference.
In its effort to promote contemporary issues in international religion reporting, members of the IARJ’s Board of Directors held several seminars in November 2012 at leading journalism and academic institutions in the US.
Endy Bayuni, Senior Editor at the Jakarta Post, has reported extensively on the complex mosaic of interfaith relations in Indonesia for more than ten years. Here he shares his insights into the media’s role on shaping opinions around religion.
For 21 years, Peggy Fletcher Stack has covered religious issues for The Salt Lake Tribune. She says religious reporting touches all the important topics – values, ethics, communities, rituals, philosophical underpinnings, politics, meaning and provides some of the most compelling narratives in the media.
Recent events such as the release of a crude anti-Islamic film made by extremists was associated with violent actions by extremists in other parts of the world shows how issues relating to faith can cross borders with startling speed and emphasizes the importance of the IARJ.