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Stick to Ethics: Archbishop to Journalists :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Stick to Ethics: Archbishop to Journalists

Archbishop Ssemogerere noted that professional journalists in mainstream media are now competing with citizen journalists who mostly use social media to break news. He argued that some of them end up publishing unverified information to avoid being late, given that social media platforms have empowered almost everyone with an internet-enabled gadget to be a ‘journalist.’
From L-R the Vicar General Kampala Archdiocese Msgr Charles Kasibante, Fr Joseph Mukiibi, the Kampala Archdiocesan Director Social Communications and Fr Philip Odii, the Exec. Sec. Social Communications at the UEC at Kisubi, Wakiso.

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The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Paul Ssemogerere, has cautioned journalists against compromising their ethical standards, particularly accuracy, as they compete with social media to break news. He expressed his concern about the prevalence of ineffective communication, which leads to misinformation.  

Archbishop Ssemogerere noted that professional journalists in mainstream media are now competing with citizen journalists who mostly use social media to break news. He argued that some of them end up publishing unverified information to avoid being late, given that social media platforms have empowered almost everyone with an internet-enabled gadget to be a ‘journalist.’ The Archbishop called on mainstream media to remain more reliable for verified news. 

He warned that the misuse of information can destroy the moral and spiritual fabric of the people of God. Archbishop Ssemogerere's message was delivered by the Vicar General of Kampala Archdiocese, Msgr Charles Kasibante, during the opening of a week-long workshop for Catholic Church Social Communicators on "Establishing and managing sustainable media in the digital age" held at Ulrika Guest House in Kisubi. 

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The event also featured a speech by Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli, the Bishop Chairman of the Social Communications Commission at the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) who noted that the digital age has seen journalists drowning in too much information but starving in knowledge. 

Bishop Franzelli, who is also the Bishop Emeritus of Lira Catholic Diocese, urged professional communicators, especially those serving the Catholic Church, to stick to ethics and ensure that they help their audiences obtain genuine information. He also asked them to help their audiences understand issues and to stop communicating irresponsibly, unlike citizen journalists who know nothing about ethics.

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The workshop was attended by participants from all Catholic Media houses in Uganda and all communication officers from the 19 Catholic Dioceses in Uganda, including the Association of Catholic Communication Practitioners in Uganda (ACCPU), Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), BOSCO Uganda (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach, Uganda), Catholic Media Organization (CAMEO), Leadership Magazine, Marianum Press Limited, St. Paul Media and Bookshop Centre, Uganda Catholic Television (UCTV) Limited, Bukalango Television, Centenary Radio, Radio Pacis - Arua, Radio Sapientia, and Radio Maria-Kampala.   

Fr. Philip Odii, the Executive Secretary Social Communications Department at the Uganda Episcopal Conference, stated that the workshop would culminate at Lubaga Cathedral with the celebrations for the 57th World Communications Day on Sunday, May 14, under the theme as given by Pope Francis: Speaking with the heart: "The truth in love" (Eph 4:15).