Pope issues new warning against fake news

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday urged journalists to desist from publishing fake news, saying it could cause harm, and instead “take time to understand” issues before reporting on them.

Receiving foreign journalists in the Vatican, the pontiff also urged journalists to remain “humble” saying humility “prevents the rotten flow of disinformation and offers the good bread of truth.”

Pope Francis said humility was of great importance as it implies consciousness “that through an article, a tweet, a live broadcast either televised or on radio can do good, but also if one is not attentive and scrupulous, harm.”

He also said journalists must be very careful of their choice of words in an era of “hostile language” proliferating everywhere, especially on social media.

“Everyone knows how the search for truth is difficult and demands humility,” he said.

He also asked the press to speak of “wars forgotten by society.

“Who still talks of the Rohingyas?” he said. “Who still speaks of the Yazidis? They are forgotten and they continue to suffer.”  AFP