During the penultimate day at the General States of Publishing held by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the chairman of the Italian Constructive Journalism Association Silvio Malvolti presented the scenario to Vito Crimi in which the information is ill from a deontological point of view.
The objective is to raise awareness of the need to undertake new and more adequate ethical rules that allow citizens to be informed correctly.
In fact, according to a 2011 research by EuroDAP (the association that studies anxiety and panic disorder), the mass media are the first cause of anxiety and depression. In 2012, a research by BuoneNotizie.it in collaboration with the Catholic University of Milan, estimated that the negative news generates a cost of 200 euros per capita for the National Health Service, necessary to treat these diseases.
The credibility of the media has never been so low: in Italy, according to a survey by the University of Insubria, the credibility of journalists is lower than that of hairdressers, and that of the blogger is lower than that of a caregiver. 55% of the same number of respondents says that news no longer involves as before because it makes everything spectacular in order to gain attention.
Based on Reuters Institue Digital Report 2017, 47% of users say they no longer read the news because they has a negative effect on their mood. Publishers complain that readers no longer buy newspapers. And should we also pay them?
What are the General States of Publishing?
They are a six-months reform divided into different phases. The first ended in May and included the reception of proposals from media professionals and the ideas from citizens. The second phase, from May 28 to July 4, contains the hearings of the various players in the supply chain. Publishers, directors, newsagents, trade unions, media operators, took turns to offer their respective points of view.
The last day of the auditions is dedicated to hearing the voice of journalists. Among the planned interventions, that of Luca Strani of the Mezzopieno movement, which will strengthen the message already spread by Silvio Malvolti, about the misleading balance between negative and positive perspective in the news.
The final phase of the reform will be in the autumn with the publication of all the proposals and a draft reform.
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