Religion journalism has become an issue in today’s society as journalists are unable to capture the true nature of faith communities within their reporting.
“It is as important to understand the beliefs of others as one’s [own] belief to be able to develop harmonious relations with people around us. It is the overly literal interpretations of the polemics in religious texts and the out of context readings of passages that lead us to misunderstand religions.”
He believes that by holding events such as the symposium, an opening for further development in understanding varying religions’ and other similar issues will occur.
“Australia on the federal level has made a statement that inter-faith dialogue and issues of religion and challenges of that need to be better addressed in the media. So, it’s a good opportunity for Australia to be seen as taking the lead in this, it’s an important statement.” he said.
The International Religion Journalism Symposium was held at Griffith University, South Bank campus last Tuesday and Wednesday with much success.