Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

Honest evangelisation needs honest journalism

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
honest journalism

Nearly two decades ago, I was asked to become the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan. My first reaction was gut-hurting laughter. When I caught my breath, I said to the priest who had been sent to present the proposal, “Look at my face!” It was, indeed, unprecedented Read more

Shade cast over shaky journalistic foundation at The Pillar

Thursday, July 29th, 2021
the pillar

Just hours after the announcement that a top official for the U.S. bishops’ conference had suddenly resigned on July 20 citing “possible improper behaviour,” a newly launched Catholic media venture, The Pillar, published a nearly 3,000-word article alleging that the priest, Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, had engaged in “serial sexual misconduct” by frequenting gay bars and Read more

Samoa Observer says sorry but complaints still laid with Ombudsman

Friday, June 24th, 2016

At least three formal complaints have been lodged with the Ombudsman’s office over the Samoa Observer newspaper’s front page treatment of a young transgender victim of suicide. There have been mixed reactions to the paper’s more personal apology published in the Samoa Observer on Tuesdayover the signature of the editor in chief Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa. Read more

Samoa newspaper uses trans-gender death to make a point

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Outrage has erupted in Samoa after a newspaper published a photograph of a dead trans-gender woman. The suspected cause of death is suicide. The 20-year-old computer student was a regular at the Catholic Church of Taufusi. She was discovered in a church hall on Friday morning local time. A photograph on the front page of Read more

Italian journalist reports on priests’ answers in Confession

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

An Italian journalist has been blasted for reporting in newspapers the answers by several priests she misled in confessionals. Laura Alari, who writes for Quotidiano Nazionale, invented stories about herself that she told priests during the sacrament of Confession. She pretended to be a lesbian mother asking to baptise her daughter, a woman who lives Read more

Pope to Israeli reporter: “How can I help?”

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

On 13 June 2013,  Pope Francis granted an interview to Israel’s Channel 2 TV at Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives. That interview made history; it was the first time that a TV crew entered Santa Marta to interview the pope. What is not known, however, is that immediately afterwards Francis asked to Read more

Who’s the bully?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
John Murphy together

It seems there has been a significant issue with bullying at a Wellington College. Dramatic headlines in the Dominion Post, such as, “Bullied teen’s broken neck fear” are almost a compulsory read; particularly when accompanied by an equally dramatic picture of a slight boy in hospital. Reading further, the article names the college and its Read more

Foundation for Public Interest Journalism seeks feed back

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

A new organisation for public interest journalism has taken another step towards its goal of becoming operational in 2014 by making its proposed legal structure available for public perusal and feedback this month. The journalist-led project will be seeking charitable status for the organisation, previously called the Scoop Foundation project but now formally titled the Read more