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Philippine Church media seeks to fight fake news

MANILA (UCAN): Around 180 Catholic media workers from across the Philippines met for the four-day National Catholic Media Convention at the beginning of August in Batangas province, to discuss strategies to spread Church teachings and how to counter the spread of fake news, especially among young people.
 
This year’s host, Archbishop Gilbert Garcera of Lipa, reminded participants on August 6 about the importance of “renewal for truth” when working in the media.
 

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When the truth will set us free

If there is one thing that humans hunger and thirst for it is the truth. Knowledge is vital for human learning, survival, safety, progress and interpersonal and social relationships. At the beginning of humankind, knowing where in the forest to gather food, how to hunt and to be alert to danger was a life or death learning process.  
 








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Dictatorships usurp media to spread lies pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “All dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communications in the hands of people without scruples, of governments without scruples,” Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 18.
 
Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said. 
 

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Targeting fake papal news

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis speaks unguardedly, “there is a risk that some of his expressions can be manipulated or interpreted incorrectly,” investigative journalist for the Italian Catholic newspaper, Avvenire, Nello Scavo, explains.
 
From the moment of his election, Pope Francis’ down-to-earth way of communicating the gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticising him.
 

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Let us communicate the truth

In the days before the Internet exploded in popularity, when we talked about fake news, the focus was always on ethical journalism. During that era, news and information came mainly from specialised agencies. Whether they were newspapers or the news divisions of radio and television stations, they all had the responsibility to ensure that their news reporting was accurate.
 








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Separating the Good News from fake news

MANILA (UCAN): Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has become a victim of fake news after a post on social media quoted him as supposedly warning priests and nuns “not to interact with politicians.” 
 
The fake news story warned that some priests and nuns who have shown their political partisanship “only divide our nation, instead of uniting it.”
 
The archbishop denied making the statement.
 

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Appeals to stop posting disinformation about Marawi

MANILA and COTABATO (UCAN): A group of Muslim leaders from the war-torn city of Marawi in Mindanao, the Philippines, have appealed to Filipinos to stop posting disinformation on social media that might spark discord.
 
Social media posts in recent weeks have claimed that Marawi’s Catholic cathedral would be the first structure to be rebuilt in the city which was reduced to rubble after a five-month conflict last year.
 

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Pope warns of the snake-tactics of the fake media

VATICAN (Agencies): Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” Pope Francis writes in his message for World Communications Day 2018 which was released at the Vatican on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists.
 

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Beware the leaven of fake news bishops say

MANILA (SE): In a June 25 statement Bishop Ruperto Santos, from Balanga, head of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, described fake news as a form of escapism to spread lies, UCAN reported. 
 
“False news is sinfulness,” he said, reminding Filipino workers abroad “to avoid false promises.”
 

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Science trumped by political fiction

HONG KONG (SE): Fake news is an art form, but while the expression may be new, the reality is far from a modern creation. It has travelled under various labels for centuries.

In 1906, Winston Churchill spoke of political inexactitudes in the parliament, a euphemism for circumlocution—or in plain language, a lie.

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