The case for reporting religion fairly

Eric Loo

Modified 1 Dec 2008, 5:56 am

At the time of writing (Nov 30), my nephew had just arrived in Sydney from Mumbai. He was one of the Australian trade delegates who had been staying at the Oberoi Hotel when it was attacked by gunmen.

He managed to escape via the emergency exit staircase from the 15th floor when the ‘Deccan mujahideen’ invaded the lobby and killed those in sight.

Hearing his eye-witness accounts, and not being there, how could I have filed a ‘fair and balanced’ account beyond the routine ‘Islamist terrorist’ frame repeatedly shown on the cable news?

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