The media owes all of us the truth and nothing else. In other words they have a journalistic duty to portray the facts as they are. But sadly they have become disingenuous in carrying out their duty when it comes to viewing the truth about Islam.
According to the American Press Institute the first element for practicing good journalism is the obligation to truth and it says that “This ‘journalistic truth’ is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts.” And Columbia Journalism Review states that a “Journalist is only as good as her sources” and “verification before dissemination.”
If truth is a core journalistic principle then why is it neglected by the media when it comes to Islam? The Khalifa of Islam, Mirza Masroor Ahmed of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community recently spoke on this issue at the UK Peace Symposium 2016, “It remains that our peaceful and inclusive message is not covered extensively in the media. Whilst, on the other hand, those relatively few people involved in brutality and carnage are given non-stop worldwide media coverage and attention.”
The words of the Khalifa are on-point because the most talked about groups when it comes to Islam in the media are ISIS or Daesh, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, and Al-Shabaab (Somalian militants). They have a non-Islamic agenda and their main victims are Muslims but they automatically represent Islam according to the media.