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Not a day passes without a news story on Mindanao in the front pages or prime time news of Philippine media. The stories range from in-depth analysis to absurd stories. Mindanao is a favorite topic among journalists because Mindanao stories have all the elements that make a good headline, i.e, conflict and drama.

Writing about Mindanao can be news by itself. A recent study by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) concluded that the Philippine print news media exhibited manifest and latent biases against Muslim Filipinos.  Manifest biases were demonstrated through stereotyping, labeling or “terrorist tagging,” inaccurate and imbalanced reporting, and negative reporting.  Latent biases were indicated by the lack or absence of coverage on Muslim affairs, “context avoidance,” and the lack of a Moro perspective.


Jordanian institute offers prizes for interfaith events

The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan invites organizations in the Philippines to organize events or activities in celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in February 2013.

The Institute will award the following prizes to the best three activities organized for this event: first prize - $25,000 cash and a gold medal; second prize - $15,000 and a silver medal; and third prize- $5,000 and a bronze medal.

The contest was announced by Prof. Minwer Al-Meheid, Director General of the Institute, in a letter sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of United Nations and Other International Organizations.

Deadline for submission of entries is on 28 February 2013. For additional information on the event, visit the website at



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