December 17, 2017
Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved.
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.
<p>But he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.</p><p>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.”</p><p>He called those actions a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others”.</p>
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