By Bishop Jose
At the beginning of this year, Pope Francis issued his message for the “World Communications’ Day” entitled
“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32) Fake news and journalism for peace.
The Pope explained what “fake news” is:
In general, it refers to the spreading of disinformation on line or in the traditional media. It has to do with false information based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader. Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests.
It is a serious matter because:
The tragedy of disinformation is that it discredits others, presenting them as enemies, to the point of demonizing them and fomenting conflict.