Pope Francis has condemned fake and sensationalised news as a very grave sin and has called on journalists to report precise, complete and correct information.
Addressing members of the Italian Periodical Press Union on Saturday, the Pontiff said “We must not fall prey to the ‘sins of communication’: disinformation – that is, giving just one side of the argument – slander, which is sensationalistic, or defamation, looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today”
BYPASS THE CENSORS
Sign up to get unfiltered news delivered straight to your inbox.
The Guardian reports: Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news”, told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies.
But he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.
The pope said: “You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalised, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.”
He called those actions a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others”.
Latest posts by Niamh Harris (see all)
- Biden Blames Republicans For “Undermining Our Border Security” - September 22, 2023
- Gov Greg Abbott Has Officially Declared An Invasion At Texas Border - September 22, 2023
- DARPA & Moderna Teamed Up To Create mRNA Gene Therapy Injections Which Led To ‘Covid’ Jabs - September 22, 2023