Ramonet Extols Ethics of Journalism from Marti to Facebook

ignacio-ramonet2Havana, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Spanish-French intellectual Ignacio Ramonet lectured at the 3rd International Conference for World Equillibrium on the ethical dimension of journalism from the times of the Cuban National Hero Jose Marti until the irruption of digital social networks.

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Before a big audience gathered at the Havana Convention Center to listen to his lecture, From Jose Marti to Facebook: journalism and commitment, the political expert observed the exponential growth of the blogosphere and speculated on how the Apostle would have interacted with the new communication networks.

What would Marti do today to broadcast his ideas?, asked Ramonet, who answered that without doubt, he would be a blogger, twitter fan or a member of Facebook.

He explained he was a youth of modern times in which industrialized and massive journalism was being born and as a committed journalist, he lived in a bubbling industrialized New York of the 19th Century.

He also approached the intellectual precocity of the Cuban Hero, who exercised journalism with passion and launched at the early age of 16, the publication El Diablo Cojuelo (The Lame Devil).

But in any case, stressed Ramonet, Marti would have been faithful to his ethical vision, thanks to his high, demanding and committed conception of journalism, where he reached his highest level as writer, revolutionary and artist.

That is how he achieves a precocious conception of an immediate incursion in the media, which today possess the social networks.

In that sense he is a great revolutionary, considered the also consultant to the United Nations in Paris.

He alerted on the change being operated now in the information processes, from the Gutenberg Era and the start of the so-called Digital Era.

The largest communities are no longer found in countries or regions, but in social networks like Facebook (with one billion users), Twitter and the blogs (of which 36 thousand new ones are added each year).

If the flow of information in such formats grows at an accelerated pace, the ethical dimension of journalism is fractured when many media have chosen the ideology of opposition to progressive processes as those taking place in Latin America, he emphasized.

He put the example of Spanish daily El Pais that last week published a false picture of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from surgery in Cuba.

Not only El Pais, but a good part of the publications edited by western corporative media, intoxicates its readers against ideas and progressive measures, said Ramonet and again quoted Marti, for whom unselfishness in journalism is essential and constituted the base of his generous conception of what this profession should be.”

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