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Christians urged to pray for journalists amid fake news fears

The spreading of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes online is one issue congregations are being urged to remember on the annual Day of Prayer for the Media.

Speaking with Premier, organiser Steve Cox from the Church and Media Network warned of "an era of fake news and cynicism in the media."

He said: "I believe that the media really needs our prayers because, at its best, the media gives a voice to the voiceless, it does hold people to account, it does highlight unjust practises as well as keeping us informed."

The Day of Prayer for the Media is not limited to journalists but including writers, editors, film, public relations, advertising and graphic designers.

Mr Cox: "Quite rightly, we pray for those who work in health, in social care, in the police force [and] in education. We don't too often pray for those in the media.

"Sociologists might tell you the media plays a key role in our lives, which we've seen this week particularly with the target events in Manchester."

Organisers say the Day of Prayer for the Media initiative is "growing" and hope it will eventually become an "established part of the church calendar".

Mr Cox went on to say: "I would like to see churches pray for increased opportunities to celebrate truth and justice in the media and for lives to be changed as a result, for Christians working in and with the media to shine for God and to become more influential.

The Church and Media Network also want to see churches build stronger relationships with the media so that good stories can be shared among wider audiences.

Mr Cox added: "Pray for mutual understanding and respect between Christians and non-Christian media professionals. Pray for churches to support and interact with their local media."

Click here to hear Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Steve Cox, chair of trustees at the Church and Media Network:

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