Vatican     HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH DOCUMENT ON ETHICS IN COMMUNICATION
President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Patraick Foley, has announced the June publication of a much anticipated document on Ethics in Communication.
   The occasion is a congress on this topic organised by the Cultural Centre of the French Embassy to the Vatican.
   Archbishop Foley said the document addresses questions posed by the new era of information in which 'technology is changing and advancing and becoming more important every day'. He asked: "Who could ever have imagined that an Internet access provider, America Online, would have been purchasing one of the great media giants of the world, Time Warner?"
   On the other hand, the Archbishop pointed out, "We run the risk of seeing a new form of poverty: in this case, information poverty. There are the information rich in the developed world and the information poor in the developing world."
   The document affirms the primacy of the human person within the fast-changing world of communications technology: "As [it] becomes ever more complex and gives the possibility of becoming ever more present and even invasive, that principle of the priority of the human person becomes ever more important."
   Zenit (available soon)
2/4/00

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