To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Pope is a fan of advocacy journalism;
“I therefore urge you to work according to truth and justice, so that communication is truly an instrument for building, not for destroying; for meeting, not for clashing; for dialoguing, not for monologizing; for orienting, not for disorienting; for understanding, not for misunderstanding; for walking in peace, not for sowing hatred; for giving a voice to those who have no voice, not for being a megaphone to those who shout louder,” the Pope told some 400 journalists of the Foreign Press Association of Italy on Saturday.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch is unsurprised that the Pope does not state that the first duty of a journalist is to accurately convey the facts of any news story. Instead the Pope wishes journalists to be advocates:
We need journalists who are on the side of the victims…, of those who are persecuted, on the side of those who are excluded, discarded, discriminated against.” Journalists, he said, are needed to recall the many forgotten situations of suffering and wars, such as those of the Rohingya and the Yazidi.
The Pope does state that journalists need to know the facts of the stories they cover, but factual reporting is difficult if the journalist is to be first an advocate.
Giving opinions has been a part of journalism since Sumer, but without an accurate substrata of facts, such opinions are merely propaganda.