Source: Yahoo! News
On February 4, 2004 Yahoo! News reported that "religion reporters face many challenges covering the new Mel Gibson film, "The Passion of the Christ." Among them: balancing the often-opposing reactions of Christians and Jews, and carefully drawing on religious history to put the movie into perspective.
But their biggest challenge may be getting in to see the film in the first place.
Despite the fact that Gibson and the film's distributor have provided screenings to thousands of clergy and church-members, few reporters have been allowed to see it, sparking frustration from those on the religion beat and prompting the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) to call for the establishment of press previews."