Santa Catarina Press Association comes out in defense of journalists attacked in RS

Santa Catarina Press Association comes out in defense of journalists attacked in RS
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The Santa Catarina Press Association (ACI) published a note that recalls the important role of professional journalism in the face of the climate tragedy in Rio Grande do Sul, and calls for the responsibility of leaders – especially those with mandates.

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“Some of these leaders have inflated their activists against the work of the press, creating a dispute that is of no interest to those who most need support. It’s time to add up, as millions of Brazilians who help with donations or volunteer work have been adding up”, says the note.

Over the last few days, the proliferation of misinformation on social media has hampered the work of journalists covering the floods in Rio Grande do Sul – even preventing the dissemination of information that, until now, has been essential to fuel the wave of solidarity that has taken over the country. country, and which is so necessary to help those who lost everything they had.

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Many journalists involved in coverage are also victims of the tragedy. Despite this, they fulfill their duty to inform. This is reported in the ACI note:

“Press professionals, many of whom were also victims of the damage caused by the floods, are on the front line of coverage that presents an unprecedented and dramatic scenario in which conflicting news, still under investigation or clearly false, proliferates.”

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See the note in full:

“Brazil is experiencing a moment of commotion given the drama of the brothers from Rio Grande do Sul who are suffering the effects of one of the biggest climate catastrophes in our history. In this context, the Santa Catarina Press Association (ACI) asks for serenity to prevent heated emotions and a justified sense of urgency from creating conflicts where solidarity must prevail.

Press professionals, many of them also victims of the damage caused by the floods, are on the front line of coverage that presents an unprecedented and dramatic scenario in which conflicting news, still under investigation or clearly false, proliferates.

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This context requires everyone to be more cautious. Only good information – well-researched, accurate and without sensationalist exaggerations – will help to rebuild Rio Grande do Sul. But this context also demands responsibility from those who have mandates or occupy other spaces with mobilization power to avoid bringing disaster into the environment. the fierce national political polarization.

Some of these leaders have inflated their activists against the work of the press, creating a dispute that is of no interest to those who most need support. It’s time to add up, as millions of Brazilians who help with donations or volunteer work have been adding up.”

The article is in Portuguese

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