Abstract: Covering religion and religious stories in the “post-truth” era requires more than following the code of journalism ethics. Being neutral and open-minded and avoiding involvement in “hate spin” are not enough. As journalists, we must interrogate our own perceptions about religion itself. Most Indonesian journalists have been born into religious families, and some have joined conservative groups. What we learned from our teachers and parents about the six religions is too simple and, in fact, we are often struggling with our own beliefs. The challenge in today’s newsroom is this question: what are the most important values for journalists to uphold when covering religion and belief? This presentation will try to propose an answer.
Speaker: Febriana Firdaus is a freelance investigative journalist with ten years of experience based in Jakarta focussing on politics, corruption, human rights, terrorism, and the 1965 massacre. She has worked for Tempo (2010-2016) and written for Rappler (2014-2016) and, in 2017, she received the Pantau Foundation’s Oktovianus Pogau Award for Courage in Journalism.
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