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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Pope urges media to fight fake news with objective, accurate reporting

Pope Francis told a group of journalists to deliver facts and objective reporting, not fake news and rumours.

He encouraged the group to continue offering platforms for “a free and open exchange of information, opinions and analysis,” which will “benefit the men and women of your country.”

The pope made his comments during an audience at the Vatican on 4th April with a group of Catholic and Protestant journalists from Germany. The delegation included representatives from Germany’s Catholic bishops’ conference, the Evangelical Church in Germany and public service media.

Seeing such a diverse group together demonstrates the active dialogue between the churches and public radio and television in Germany, the pope said.

Dialogue creates “understanding, opens horizons,” he said, and collaboration creates opportunities for a free and open exchange of ideas and opinions.

Picture: A fake news sign. (Rmv/Zuma Press/PA).