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VATICAN: Church against ‘fake news’

Pope Francis chose “The truth will set you free (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace” as the theme for next year’s World Day of Social Communications which will be celebrated on the Sunday before Pentecost (May 13, 2018).

According to AsiaNews, the topic “relates to so-called ‘fake news’, namely baseless information that contributes to generating and nurturing a strong polarization of opinions. It involves an often misleading distortion of facts, with possible repercussions at the level of individual and collective behavior.”

“In a context in which the key companies of the social web and the world of institutions and politics have started to confront this phenomenon, the Church too wishes to offer a contribution, proposing a reflection on the causes, the logic and the consequences of disinformation in the media, and helping to promote professional journalism, which always seeks the truth, and therefore a journalism of peace that promotes understanding between people.” 


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