(COMMENTARY) This is an issue journalists — whether they’re writing opinion/analysis pieces or constructing hard news stories — should stay tuned into to avoid crossing the wrong side of a shifting line.
After the unprecedented acquittal of a Christian from blasphemy charges, Pakistan is bowing to pressure from hardline Islamist groups to ban her exit from the Muslim-majority country.
(COMMENTARY) Europe took a dystopian turn last week when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that governments can punish citizens for criticizing the prophet Muhammad if such criticism “conflicts with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.”
TMP’s flagship Coaching & Leadership Fellowship program just wrapped up in St. Petersburg, Fla., where we hosted a week-long workshop Oct. 7-13 at the Poynter Institute. Fellows participated in a series of interactive sessions on leadership principles they can use in their newsrooms. strategic thinking, global fact-checking, social media, coaching writers, using feedback, resolving conflict, and improving newsroom collaboration.
The Kenyan media is fighting back against politicians who are determined to restrict them from exposing corrupt deals. This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta approached the church seeking divine intervention and comfort after he lost friends who were unhappy with his stance against theft of public land.
Nathan DiCamillo reflects on his time as a freelancer for The Capital Gazette. He freelanced for the paper while he was in school from 2014 to 2016 and says the staff there taught him the basics of journalism and helped him to launch his career.
Why has a letter by the Archbishop of Delhi to all the Parish priests and religious institutions in the Archdiocese of Delhi with the subject ‘Prayer for our nation’ created a firestorm in India? The media suddenly is abuzz after several different voices across the political spectrum cry foul that the letter is meant to divide the nation on communal lines. Notably, the right wing Hindu organization’s ideologue called it a "direct attack on secularism and democracy."
Since the beginning of the Internet, traditional media has tried to adapt to new technologies and business models. Newspaper sales are declining and online media adds pressure as they compete for reader’s attention. Journalism in Argentina is now facing economic crisis. Our biggest newspapers, La Nación and Clarín, are reducing their staff while others close their doors. This is not only a newspaper problem, it is known that radio & TV stations are firing journalists, as well.
It is a time of reckoning in the media industry. Breakthrough reporting revealed that newsroom sexual misconduct is both pervasive and protected. That truth became the catalyst for the #MeToo moment, which opened eyes by opening old -- and not-so-old wounds for all to witness. How did it happen here? How did our systems and values harbor harassment and discrimination?
(COMMENTARY) Jenny Taylor meets the Nigerian peace-maker on a mission to learn why Sierra Leone’s Muslim and Christian populations live together in harmony.
U.S. President Donald Trump and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi may differ in their leadership styles and values, but the two share common ground when it comes to their rise in popularity in conservative nationalist movements in their countries.
At least 80 local and international journalists are risking their safety to cover government clashes with Islamist insurgents in Marawi City, where thousands of civilians have fled their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire.
MEXICO -- Corruption cannot be beaten with weapons, pistols, police, or prosecutors. Corruption is not just in politics. It's also in business. In sports. In the academe, and the family. So what remedy can we possibly find?
Critical thinking is the mantra of a modern humanist education. For the chattering classes, to use Matthew Arnold’s phrase, there is no higher intellectual virtue than empathy, of understanding diverse points of view, and thinking critically about one’s own beliefs.
Almost three years have passed since I took pen to paper in aid of the work of GetReligion and TMP. I welcome the opportunity to return to the team of writers led by TMatt who cover the coverage of religion reporting in the secular press.
[File photo of journalists rallying after the 2009 massacre of 32 reporters.] MANILA – Amid the upsurge of killings of Filipino journalists the past nine years, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has come up with safety counter measures for members of media to undertake, particularly those who are under threat.
FROM AL JAZEERA. JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling African National Congress has called for the establishment of a media appeals tribunal in a bid to punish what it calls irresponsible news reporting.
The ANC's media panel met behind closed doors this week at the party's National General Council meeting to work out details of the plan.
MANILA, Sept. 15 – The Maguindanao massacre trial resumed Wednesday with top prosecution witness Lakmodin Saliao disclosed in detail how his former boss Andal Ampatuan Sr., one of the 196 accused in the gruesome killing, allegedly attempted to bribe police and government officials with millions of pesos to avoid indictment in the massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists in southern Philippines on Nov. 23, 2009.
LOME - Two weeks after becoming a celebrated victim of abuse at the hands of an officer of the French Army, Togolese journalist Didier Ledoux was kidnapped and beaten by Togolese police outside the courthouse where Togo’s government is suing seven newspapers. Ledoux’s saga continues to be a symbol of deteriorating press-freedom conditions in Togo.
[Traduction par Jerry Johnson.] JAKARTA (PNA) – Soixante dix journalistes venus de différents pays ont convergé ici pour débattre du thème “Diffamation de la Religion et Liberté de la Presse”, au cours d’un atelier de cinq jours qui s’est clôturé pendant le weekend.
LOME- Le souvenir de la grève des conducteurs de taxi et de taxi-moto le 22 juin 2010 et les émeutes qui en découlèrent est encore très vif au Togo. Au cours de ces manifestations, les forces de sécurité s’en sont pris à deux journalistes, blessant gravement l’un et détruisant l’appareil photo de l’autre.
[This is the full text of a speech that Dr. Taylor gave to a Media-Project-sponsored gathering in Prague in 2008.] I have been asked – and I quote – to “focus on the new religious reality with Islam and how Islam is challenging Europe in our coverage of religion”.
My credentials for doing so are presumably that I was a secular journalist covering race, who became a Christian, and did a PhD in Islamics at SOAS. When I became a Christian, my eyes were opened to the fact that religion, not race, was the real story.
FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. Reporting from Reynosa, Mexico — A new word has been written into the lexicon of Mexico's drug war: narco-censorship.
It's when reporters and editors, out of fear or caution, are forced to write what the traffickers want them to write, or to simply refrain from publishing the whole truth in a country where members of the press have been intimidated, kidnapped and killed.
MANILA - The pre-trial of the Maguindanao massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists case will resume on Tuesday at the heavily-guarded police detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa in suburban Taguig City used as a temporary court. State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera said Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Branch 221 said the pre-trial will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
[Version Française.] LOME - Togo’s memories of the June 22nd taxi-drivers’ strike and the riots that exploded in Lomé are very fresh. During those June demonstrations, Togo’s security forces attacked two journalists, seriously wounding one and breaking the other’s camera equipment.