Respond to the threat of fake news with a "journalism for peace"

Pope's message for World Communications Day

World Communications Day post

World Communications Day, held annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, falls this year on 13 May 2018.

Pope Francis, in his message for the World Communications Day 2018, titled “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace” calls for a “journalism for peace” in response to the threat of fake news.

The Holy Father explores what makes fake news ‘fake’, how to identify it, counteract it with truth, and how to take people as its focus with a “journalism for peace”.

"The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people: people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people who make the effort to engage in sincere dialogue so that the truth can emerge; people who are attracted by goodness and take responsibility for how they use language.  If responsibility is the answer to the spread of fake news, then a weighty responsibility rests on the shoulders of those whose job is to provide information, namely, journalists, the protectors of news."
(Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day)

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