Pope calls for ''info-ethics'' in the media

Pope Benedict has urged the media to practice "info ethics" saying the media is often used to create reality rather than just report it.

Reuters reports the Pontiff, in a message celebrating 42nd World Day of Social Communications, said the media was often used irresponsibly to spread violence and impose "distorted models" of life.

"When communication loses its ethical underpinning and eludes society's control, it ends up no longer taking into account the centrality and inviolable dignity of the human person," the Pope said in the message.

"For this reason it is essential that social communications should assiduously defend the person and fully respect human dignity.

"Many people now think there is a need, in this sphere, for 'info-ethics', just as we have bioethics in the field of medicine and in scientific research linked to life," he said.

Pope Benedict added that while the media does much good, in order to attract audiences, it portrays ''vulgarity and violence'' and can ''overstep the mark''.

Proper use of the media, including the Internet, was emerging as a key challenge of the third millennium, he said.

The Church in Australia observes World Communication Day this year on 27 April.

Pope calls on media to adopt "info-ethics" (Reuters 24/01/08)
Spreading and defending truth (Vatican Press VIS 24/01/08)

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Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Pope tells media to promote truth, not trash (CathNews 22/02/05)
Pope says media is for service, not profit (CathNews 20/03/06)

25 Jan 2008