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Media minister defends promotion of good practices

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:36 - Society

Lubango - Angolan press must stick to a new attitude focused on the communication that entails valuing good practices, criticising in factual and objective manner, as well denouncing the vandalism of public goods, said Wednesday the Media minister, João Melo.

  • Media minister, João Melo

João Melo was speaking Wednesday in Lubango city, southern Huila province, during a lecture that gathered professionals and university students of communication.

The minister acknowledged that since the country entered this new phase, a year ago, the press has contributed to the improving of the living standards of  the Angolans.

He called for the need to start thinking of the other attitudes to strengthen this moment.

The state-owned press has fulfilled its role in this first year of the new leadership, said the minister, who defended the need to enter a new cycle to  help mobilise society addressing social problems.

João Melo said that "this new cycle" should value good practices, going after "good example”, so that they can replicate. He appealed to the Media  Outlets to criticize, but in factual and objective manner which contribute to better governance.

He admitted that in the last decade, the press, especially public, "showed a country of fantasies and today we know that it is not actually what existed."

The minister also warned that many confuse journalism with activism or journalist with a justice. Some opt for systematic attacks directed against  people and institutions. The others still opt for opinions, by thinking that they know everything.

According to him, we live in a kind of empire of opinion, even without having data, which impoverishes journalism.

On the other hand, João Melo said that today many confuse journalism with social networks, saying that there is no contradiction.

But the minister called these trends that circulate as blogger, which end up "contaminating" the stance of the professional Media.

The official announced that his sector is creating conditions  for an open and plural communication system so that the exercise of the profession can be executed according to "good" professional practices, regardless of editorial lines.

Almost 100 members attended the lecture, ahead of the launch of the first Regional Newspaper "Ventos do Sul" dedicated to the issues of the provinces of Huíla, Namibe, Cunene and Cuango Cubango.