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The Role of Religion Journalism in Promoting Interfaith Harmony and Religious Freedom

The Role of Religion Journalism in Promoting Interfaith Harmony and Religious Freedom


This discussion was held on Monday, March 18th 2024



Speakers:


Endy Bayuni

Editor-in-Chief of The Jakarta Post (2004-2010; 2016-2018); Executive Director of The International Association of Religion Journalists (2016-2021)


 

Moderator:


Audric Rizki

Director of 1000 Abrahamic Circles Project


 

Background


Today, the discussion of religion has become a sensitive issue in society. It has become an exclusive domain for certain groups within specific communities, leading to reluctance among many to engage in discussions related to religion. This trend also impacts journalists' approach to writing about religion. Presently, journalists often tend to produce religious content that is primarily ceremonial, rather than delving into the essence and value of religious practices or exploring religious content from humanitarian and social perspectives. Despite the significant role of the media and journalists in influencing society, there is a tendency to approach religious issues through the lens of personal identity. Biased reporting and judgmental attitudes towards news related to religion are common problems stemming from this trend.


Therefore, there is a pressing need for awareness among journalists, aspiring journalists, and individuals who actively write about religious issues to adhere to the ethical principles of "religious journalism." Moreover, it is essential to recognize that writing about religion should not be viewed as taboo or daunting. Instead, a greater number of individuals adept at writing about religious matters with wisdom can foster tolerance and peace among religious communities. This session aims to introduce the concept of religious journalism and provide tips and guidelines for writing religious content in a responsible manner.


 

Objectives


This session aims to introduce religious journalism to journalists, aspiring journalists, and those interested in religious issues including interfaith activists, students and the general public. Participants will receive an overview of how to write about religious issues wisely and objectively, and how writing about religion can promote interfaith harmony and religious freedom among religious communities. Additionally, this session will explain the do's and don'ts when writing about religion.


Speakers and participants will exchange ideas regarding the importance of writing about religion and encouraging young people to participate in this endeavor. The speaker will provide insights into the challenges faced by journalists and young people when they seek to begin writing about religion.


 

Language: English

Total Participants: 150 participants

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