MEDIA ARE SUPPOSED TO INFORM AND FORM
On 18 January 2013, during a meeting with management and workers of the Italian public radio and television – RAI, the Holy Father appealed for appreciating the ethical level of informing and avoiding de-information, slander and defame. They celebrate their 90th anniversary of starting radio broadcasting and 60th anniversary of television broadcasting. The Pope emphasized that the ethical quality of broadcasting is a fruit of conscience sensitivity respecting people who are both the subject of information and addressees of information.
The Holy Father expressed his gratitude to the Italian public broadcaster for cooperation with Vatican institutions: radio and television centre in presenting the papal message and events of the Church in Italy. It concerns ordinary and extraordinary events: Vatican Council II, election of popes, funeral of blessed John Paul II or events of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. The Italian public television was also a producer of religious films. Pope Francis emphasized that the mission of journalism is not only informing but also forming, that it is a public ministry, that is, the ministry for the common welfare. – This is ministry for the truth, good and beauty – he emphasized.