"Journalism is urgently needed to serve truth and human dignity, with hope" says the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela
Caracas, July, 3rd, 2018 (Agenzia Fides). On the occasion of the Venezuelan National Day of Journalists, the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (CEV) sent a statement to Agenzia Fides, saying “We greatly appreciate the work of the journalist, their mission is not only to inform, but to highlight the human and transcendent values that in the field of journalism should be highlighted, in particular by providing truthful, appropriate and accurate information and with a content of hope". Every year, the National Day of Journalists is celebrated in Venezuela on 27 June, to commemorate the publication of the first newspaper in the country, called "Correo del Orinoco". "To celebrate Journalist Day - continues the Bishops' text - in the current situation that Venezuela is experiencing, is an invitation to demonstrate with commitment and dedication what this praiseworthy profession does in the midst of difficulties, to inform. Free and responsible voice is fundamental for the growth of any society that wants to be called democratic. Society needs that the right to information is scrupulously respected, together with the right to the dignity of every human being involved in the information process". "It is necessary - they add - to build journalism, even in the most difficult moments, on the pillars of love for truth, professionalism and respect for human dignity, a journalism that overcomes slogans and ideologies and always puts the person at the center of news and its dignity, a journalism with information without partial interests and which build, day after day, paths of integration ... Therefore, in every moment, a journalism that urges human truth and dignity is urgent", concludes the statement of the CEV. The socio-political situation in Venezuela, according to "Reporteros Sin Fronteras", is terrible: journalists are persecuted and threatened, there is not an exact amount of physical attacks against them, but they exceed 500 cases in 2017 alone. In almost all these cases, they are carried out by the security forces and the Bolivarian National Guard. The National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) continues to close the media. Only in 2017, Conatel silenced more than 41 radio and TV channels.
Ugandan Catholic Bishops to start new national television
Uganda, June, 27th, 2018 (AMECEA). The Catholic Bishops of Uganda have announced their intention to start a new national Catholic Television. In a press statement that was released on June 8, 2018 by the bishops after their annual Plenary Assembly held from June 4-8, 2018 in Kampala, the prelates said they are in the process of establishing a national Catholic television, called Uganda Catholic Television (UCT). “We take this opportunity to announce that as a Catholic Church, after getting a license from the Uganda Communications Commission, we are now in the process of establishing a national Catholic Television called Uganda Catholic Television (UCT),” the bishops said in a press statement that was signed by the chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Most Rev. John Baptist Odama, also the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese. They further said that the new television will be tailored to promote the work of evangelization and integral human development in the country. Meanwhile, in the same press statement, the bishops have called upon the Ugandan Government and all security agencies to scale up their efforts to protect the life and property of Ugandans. The prelates noted that for some time now there has been an increase in kidnappings, organized crime and killings in the country. The bishops have also raised their concern on the current situation of the refugees in the country. They said that they have considered the need of providing the refugees with adequate pastoral and spiritual care hence, are calling for a generous move by the diocesan priests and members of religious congregations present to volunteer and go at least for some time to work in the refugee camps, in collaboration with the local clergy. “We shall see how to properly coordinate this move and effort but, as a family of God walking in His light, we cannot just go ahead alone, forgetting and leaving our brothers and sisters without the light of the Word of God and the vital grace of sacraments,” the bishops said.