Nairobi, 19 August, 2022 / 3:56 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need for Catholic journalists across the globe to safeguard the rights of civilians caught up in violent conflict in their professional practice, delegates of the Sixth SIGNIS World Congress 2022 have said.
In a statement issued at the end of their August 15-19 Congress that was held at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, the delegates of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS, event take note of challenges occasioned by digital media and say that there is need to “move from individual engagement to community building”.
“We urge media practitioners and citizens to take action to protect the human rights of civilians caught up in war and conflict zones,” they say, and urge media professionals to not only report violent events but also “engage actively in supporting the victims of war and working towards conflict resolutions.”
By constructing stories that include the resolution of conflicts, the delegates of the SIGNIS Congress say journalists “can pass unto the next generation the legacy of peace”.
They underscore the need for Catholic journalists to “cultivate the journalistic values of advocating for justice, holding authorities to account, and establishing common ground through well-researched context and nuanced explanation.”