Interfaith and The Media
Successive Regional Interfaith Dialogues have affirmed the need to engage the media in a positive manner to ensure balanced and accurate reporting of religion and faith issues in the region as a means of promoting inter-cultural understanding, harmony and peace-building.
Interfaith practitioners recognise the impact of the media on public opinion and their critical relationship to peace and harmony, interfaith and intercultural understanding, nation building, social cohesion and social responsibility.
Media literacy programmes in schools are needed to help develop a discerning and critical approach to news coverage about religions by media consumers.
Faith communities need to engage with the media, build relationships, provide them with news and information and enter into dialogue with them, provide journalists and media researchers with training in interfaith and inter-cultural understanding along with exchange programs in the region.
Faith leaders need to acquire skills and competency training to assist them to communicate effectively with and through the modern media, and provide resources for media outlets to train reporters in religious issues.
Successive Dialogues have called for the development and provision of training for media managers, journalists and journalism students on religious and cultural diversity, in partnership with interfaith experts and national and international media organizations; and encourage the development and review of codes of conduct and standards for the exercise of media freedom with responsibility; and support the establishment and strengthening of processes of dialogue among media executives , journalism trainers and religious and interfaith leaders.
Interfaith Initiatives in Media Education
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