Sunday, February 26, 2006

Media should respect, understand religions

In the wake of international protests by Muslims over newspaper cartoons they found disrespectful, Vamsee Juluri (pictured), an associate professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco, says the media should "not assume that everyone who gets upset by a hurtful word or image is a religious fanatic." In an op-ed in today's (Feb. 26) Contra Costa Times, he argues that the media should strive to report the news with "respect and understanding" of different faiths. He says some guidelines for reporters and ad copywriters would be helpful to avoid saying things that would be inappropriate or even hurtful.

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