Pope Francis has admonished journalists to desist from publishing gossip or rumours, calling it ‘terrorism’.
The pope said spreading rumours is akin to “terrorism, of how you can kill a person with your tongue“, he said.
“This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon,“ he said.
The pontiff also described as destructive media houses stereotyping people or fomenting fear of migrants. Speaking to leaders of Italy’s national journalists’ guild, the catholic leader also urged reporters to always go the extra mile to seek the truth.
The pope says journalists should not be used as a “weapon of destruction against persons and even entire peoples“.
“Neither should it foment fear before events like forced migration from war or from hunger,” he added.