Section 12: Religion

Principles

12.2.1

The beliefs and practices of religions and denominations must be described with due accuracy.

12.2.2

The religious views and beliefs of an individual, a religion or denomination must not be misrepresented or abused, as judged against generally accepted standards.

12.2.3

We must be aware of the religious sensitivity of references to, or uses of, names, images, deities, rituals, scriptures and language at the heart of the different faiths and ensure that any uses of, or verbal or visual references to, them are editorially justified within generally accepted standards.  Examples include the Crucifixion, Holy Communion, the Qur'an, the Jewish Sabbath and similar.

12.2.4

We must consider the religious sensitivity surrounding the observance of holy days and the principal festivals of the great world faiths to avoid unnecessary offence from material that might be more acceptable at other times.