There's no mention of Tom Cruise, the evil ruler Xenu or the Galactic Confederacy. But a media guide produced by the Church of Scientology has been sent to journalists to "address a number of misunderstandings" about the religion. Church spokesperson Virginia Stewart denies the guide's release is related to a new controversial book that examines the inner working of the church. "It just happened to be when we finished it," she told Crikey.

The guide focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, but also covers general details about the church, such as that the word "Scientology" means "knowing how to know", the religion's ultimate goal is "true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for all" and it is entirely funded by its members. The guide also explains its two most common symbols: