At an event in the Vatican to reward Italian journalists, the Pope stressed that “disinformation is the first sin, the first mistake of journalism. During his speech, he mentioned that there are four sins in journalism: misinformation, when it is not reported or is reported incorrectly; slander and defamation, which can damage reputations; and finally, “the love of scandal.”
The Pope emphasized his concern for the manipulations that seek to influence public opinion. At a time when Europe is facing difficult situations, such as the conflict in Ukraine, the pontiff called for responsibility. He expressed his hope that the voices of peace and those committed to ending conflicts will be heard.
Francisco, 86, highlighted the importance of ethical and responsible journalism. His words resonate in a world where information is often distorted or sensationalized. The Pope encouraged journalists to exercise their profession with integrity and to give space to voices that promote peace and conflict resolution.
This call from the religious leader highlights the relevance of journalism in today’s society and the responsibility that falls on the media to provide accurate and balanced information.