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Fake and sensationalised news ‘a grave sin’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “grave sin” that hurts all involved, the guardian reports.

This comes ahead of his annual communications message, which he is expected to dedicate to the topic of “fake news.”

“You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today,” the Holy Father said.

Doing so is a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others,” he said.

The pope told the journalists that while he believes they perform a “fundamental” mission, they are still obligated to provide correct, complete and precise information and to avoid biased reporting.

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