Dictatorships begin with taking over media to spread lies, pope says
All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of “unscrupulous” people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said.
Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said in his homily on 18th June during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Then an entire media or communication outlet is handed over “to a firm, a business that slanders, tells lies, weakens democracy, and then the judges come to judge these weakened institutions, these destroyed, condemned people and a dictatorship makes progress this way,” he said.
“All dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communications in the hands of people without scruples, of governments without scruples,” he added.
Picture: Newspapers are seen in a stand in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 13th June. During his homily at morning Mass on 18th June at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said all dictatorships begin the same way: Media outlets are put in the hands of “unscrupulous” people who spread lies and weaken democracy. (CNS photo/Kith Serey, EPA).