Bandar Seri Begawan – Responsibility to the truth is the epitome of Islam and journalism. This principle was recently the foundation of a roundtable discussion amongst members of the print media.

The roundtable discussion on ‘Islam and Responsible Journalism: The US Perspective’ was lead by Tayyibah Taylor, publisher and editor-in-chief of ‘Azizah,’ a women’s magazine in America.

Tayyibah Taylor spoke on the power a journalist holds.

“It’s a powerful thing to be a journalist because you are influencing opinions. We have to be careful about the words we use, not just in terms of gender equity, but making sure that we are not perpetuating a stereotype… and make sure that we are telling a balanced story.

“As journalists and publicists we have to be very careful about the information we portray. We have to scrutinise the words that we are using, every single word, and make sure they are words that are not loaded or have some kind of bias. Neglecting to say something is also a statement,” she said.

“To raise the bar of journalism you have to work to inspire people” she said, underlining this necessity by highlighting, “Now it is more important than ever because in America, journalists are not pushing themselves to excel in terms of really great stories… it is more about the money,” she added.

Tayyibah Taylor is the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah Magazine.

Through Azizah, Tayyibah Taylor has realised her vision of providing a vehicle for the voice of Muslim women – a vehicle that portrays them accurately and shatters commonly held stereotypes.


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