Religion in the Media APPG

First Registered: 21/07/2016 • Last updated on: 02/06/2021

Note: This APPG was last registered on 2nd Jun 2021. The APPG was not registered in the latest release of 14th Jul 2021 and may be defunct.

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To improve religious literacy in media and politics and to provide a platform where the regulatory, commercial and cultural factors which influence depictions of faith can be discussed.

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Recent Documents related to Religion in the Media

1. UN Human Rights Council: United Kingdom 2021 to 2023 candidate
03/03/2020 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: standing up for freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief; bolstering democratic values and supporting

2. To closely monitor the media to ensure that they present a balanced argument
08/06/2020 - Petitions

Found: would like to see the government monitoring the media to ensure that the way in which it presents its

3. IMPRESS - written evidence
24/04/2018 - Inquiry: Hate crime and its violent consequences - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: to discuss anti-Muslim sentiments in the print media. The Committee has subsequently asked for written

4. International Freedom of Religion or Belief
20/05/2020 - APPGs

Found: Freedom of Religion or Belief (Article 18, UDHR) as a human right among UK parliamentarians, the media, government

5. Make Politics a core subject in school.
31/05/2021 - Petitions

Found: It is crazy that in 2021 we still teach religion as a core subject but you will only get a political

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Religion in the Media

1. Nigeria: Religious Violence
21/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?, published - Speech Link
2: House. We condemn incidents of violence where religion is erroneously used to justify the worst of crimes - Speech Link
3: exploited by those divisive voices who erroneously use religion to divide people, and we will continue to condemn - Speech Link

2. Persecution of Ahmadis
23/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: means “deserving to be killed”, in the Pakistani media and by religious and political leaders. The recent - Speech Link
2: speech. I pay tribute to his work on freedom of religion and belief, including in promoting and protecting - Speech Link
3: Many of these activities take place on social media. We will be bringing forward an online harms Bill - Speech Link

3. Definition of Islamophobia
16/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Muslimness.”It is true that Islam is a religion—a set of beliefs and ideas—and that Muslims are - Speech Link
2: already covers discrimination based on race and religion, but what we are dealing with is not just a challenge - Speech Link
3: other hate crime, we must ensure that the social media companies take their responsibility seriously? Only - Speech Link

4. Islamophobia
13/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: for anyone to feel unsafe while practising their religion. We continue to take a zero-tolerance approach - Speech Link
2: or an Islamic practice, so conflating race and religion in conflict with any definition could cause confusion - Speech Link
3: for anyone to feel unsafe while practising their religion and the Government will never allow prejudice - Speech Link

5. Freedom of Religion or Belief
12/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered freedom of religion or belief.I put on record my thanks to - Speech Link
2: the all-party group on international freedom of religion or belief, I campaign on behalf of all who are - Speech Link
3: and pursuing these issues. Does he agree that the media abroad and in the UK sometimes fuel the violence - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Religion in the Media
1. Prisoners: Religion
asked by: Lyn Brown
07/12/2020
... if he will make an assessment of the reasons for a higher proportion of (a) Jewish and (b) Muslim prisoners being on a Basic Incentives status than the average for prisoners of all religious groups.

2. Universities: Religion
asked by: Preet Kaur Gill
31/03/2020
... what guidance his Department provides to universities on Articles of Faith.

3. Religion: Finance
asked by: Alicia Kearns
04/12/2020
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a legal requirement for religious institutions to publicly declare (a) donations and (b) overseas funding.

4. Religion: Education
asked by: Stephen Timms
17/12/2020
... whether his Department has a copy of the locally agreed syllabus for religious education for each local education authority in England.

5. Religion: Education
asked by: Stephen Timms
17/12/2020
... what requirement is in place for local authorities to ensure that any resident can read the locally agreed syllabus for religious education; and if he will make a statement.

Latest Questions
Former APPG Members
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Co-Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Baroness Butler-Sloss Portrait
Baroness Butler-Sloss
Co-Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Baroness Hussein-Ece Portrait
Baroness Hussein-Ece
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Lord Parekh Portrait
Lord Parekh
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd June 2021
1 APPG Membership
University of Hull
Lord Harries of Pentregarth Portrait
Lord Harries of Pentregarth
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd June 2021
3 APPG Memberships
Dalits , Georgia , West Papua
Naz Shah Portrait
Naz Shah
Vice Chair
Labour - Bradford West
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Charlotte Nichols Portrait
Charlotte Nichols
Vice Chair
Labour - Warrington North
Joined: 20th May 2020
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Lord Singh of Wimbledon Portrait
Lord Singh of Wimbledon
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Vice Chair
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Lisa Cameron Portrait
Lisa Cameron
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Joined: 4th November 2020
Departed: 2nd June 2021
Lord Hussain Portrait
Lord Hussain
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Gary Streeter Portrait
Gary Streeter
Secretary
Conservative - South West Devon
Joined: 21st July 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Yasmin Qureshi MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7019.

Email: yasmin.qureshi.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Sadia Ali, Office of Yasmin Qureshi MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7019

Email: Sadia.ali@parliament.uk

Group's Website:

https://www.appgreligioninmedia.uk/

No benefits in kind are on record for the Religion in the Media APPG

Financial Benefits Received
Date
16 Apr 2021
Source
Penny Appeal
Value
£12,000
Date
24 Aug 2020
Source
Safera Foundation
Value
£12,000
Date
22 Apr 2020
Source
Penny Appeal
Value
£12,000