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Religion in the press? More improvements needed

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 19 2010   /  10:46 am

It is perhaps over the top to assume that most journalists are irreligious (let alone atheists), but one cannot overlook the impression that newsmen everywhere — in Asia or in Europe — are ignorant of religions.Only recently has religion been taken seriously by the media. Trained to be skeptical and always inquisitive, journalists are traditionally more challenged to write political and business stories that are, in a way, more factual. If they do cover religion, as believed by the authors of Blind Spot:  When Journalists Don’t Get Religion, they usually focus on its political aspects or tend see it from a political point of view. And despite scientists’ and philosophers’ conjecture that it may gradually vanish as society becomes more mature and rational, religion remains an integral part of many people’s lives. In Indonesia and Malaysia, for example, religion is a very ...