“The first victim is always the truth”: Seminar “Journalistic responsibility when facing social issues”

Thursday, September 20th, saw the closing of the Seminar on “Journalistic Responsibility when facing Social Issues”, organized by the Canis Majoris Foundation in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF- Reporteros Sin Fronteras in Spanish  ).

Lies have always filtered through the cracks of history and the media through interested ways. Convincing through the help of lies, takes less time. In the Seminar we have been told about the horrors of war, its consequences and how to survive in it and on it, although what they have also shown us  is that they never end.

From left to right, Dr. Alicia Gómez Montano and Gervasio Sánchez

The journalist faces a challenge when covering areas of conflict How to report the reality? How to transmit the pain to an increasingly dehumanized public? How to recognize the lies in these times? What is the responsibility of the journalist in all of this? The seminar aimed at a responsible citizenship dealt with all of this.

The Seminar was held on September 18th,19th and 20th. The conference was opened by Dr. Raúl Alelú-Paz, CEO of the Canis Majoris Foundation, highlighting the commitment of Reporters Without Borders and the importance of truth in all sectors, including that of science.

From left to right, Esther Paniagua, Dr. Alicia Gómez Montano and Alfonso Bauluz.

Dr. Alicia Gómez Montano, TVE journalist and vice-president of RSF, presented the first speaker of the afternoon, Alfonso Armada, President of RSF, who opened the first day with a talk under the title “Propaganda mechanisms that are repeated, from Bosnia to Rwanda or 9/11. ” The second lecture was given by Rosa Meneses who told us about “The management of pain in conflicts. War from a gender perspective. “

The second day of the seminar, Dr. Alicia Gómez Montano opened the day with a presentation under the title “The demonization of the enemy. The ethics of journalism in the coverage of conflicts. From visible wars to opaque wars. How to tell lies and win the war. ” In the second part of the afternoon, Gervasio Sánchez, photojournalist, told us about the importance of returning to the area once the war is over because they do not end unless the consequences are overcome. He showed us the face of evil and transported us to every conflict zone he has covered through his photos.

On the third day, Esther Paniagua, journalist and university professor, explained how to recognize fake news in these times where new technologies prevail. Alfonso Bauluz, journalist and editor of the EFE agency, closed the seminar talking about “Press and manipulation, the Pentagon and information operations.”

The seminar had a most successful attendance. We emphasize the quality of the speakers, great professionals of the sector and communicators, who have allowed us to share their experience and for a few hours transported us to their day to day. We hope that we will soon be able to collaborate once again with Reporters Without Borders so that a new seminar of the same characteristics comes to light.


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