Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
Updated: June 28, 2016 10:44 AM GMT
Devotees of Indonesia's minority Ahmadi Muslim community pray at the al-Hidayah mosque in Jakarta. Indonesian Ahmadis are no strangers to persecution, with attacks and discrimination rife. (Photo by AFP)
Good journalists must be able to be messengers of peace by writing comprehensive and proportional news, rather than news which will worsen conflicts, according to a Catholic priest."For journalists, including Catholic ones, the most important thing is to be messengers of peace. They must be able to get the correct information from credible sources so that the news they write is based on facts," Father Kamilus Pantus, Executive Secretary of the Commission for Social Communications of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference, told ucanews.com on June 27."Journalists must also spread the values of truth. Let’s say they include expressions or statements in their news that may boost a feeling of love of peace among society. If such expressions or statements become part of their work, I believe mass media will help create good public opinion," he said. Alliance of Independent Journalists stressing peace journalism.In Jakarta, at a discussion held on June 25 by the Indonesian Ahmadiyya Community (popularly known as JAI), Secretary-General of the Alliance of Independent Journalists Arfi Bambani Amri lamented that many journalists fail to promote peace journalism."The current journalistic code of ethics is actually what is needed by peace journalism. But many journalists might not read the code of ethics thoroughly," he said.According to the code of ethics, journalists should write the news fairly, based on facts and without any intention to cause harm.
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