.- Bishop Jorge Casaretto of San Isidro, Argentina reminded journalists this week that as communicators, they have âthe noble profession of serving society by informing with the truth and building up communion through communication and respect for all.â
In a message to reporters earlier this week, the bishop stressed that the abundance of information that exists today is an affirmation of the right of citizens to be informed and ought to call us to reflect on the quality of that information.
âIt seems that today to speak about the quantity of information is somehow opposed to speaking about its quality,â he observed. âOften times the news we get is not about what has happened, but versions of what they say has happened. Even worse, the prognosis of what they believe could happen is passed of as news.â
âThere is no doubt that news understood in this way generates confusion, anxiety and fragmentation in society, rather than informing us,â he warned.
Bishop Casaretto added that journalism is a great challenge that must be taken up by serving with truth and respect, with âdialogue being an active part of the process of communication and the confrontation of ideasâ in order to achieve the common good.
The bishop encouraged media professionals to assume âthis noble commitment of service to societyâ in an ethical way, as they are âvaluable and important part of the process of development and growthâ of the country.