“I have often talked about the rumors as "terrorism", of how you can kill a person with the language. If this applies to individuals, with family or at work, it is all the more true for journalists, because their voices can reach everyone, and this is a very powerful weapon. Journalism should always respect the dignity of the person. An article published today or tomorrow will be replaced by another, but the life of a person unjustly maligned may be destroyed forever. Of course criticism is legitimate, and I will say necessary, as well as the denunciation of evil, but this must always be done respecting the other, his life, his affections. Journalism can not become a ''weapon of destruction" of people and even nations. Neither does he have to feed the fear in front of changes or phenomena such as forced migration by war or hunger.
I hope that more and more and everywhere journalism is one building tool, a common good factor, an accelerator of the reconciliation process; who knows how to reject the temptation to foment a clash with a language that fan the flames of division, and instead favors the culture of encounter...”
From 2015, Libero an Italian newspaper’s headline reads, “Attack in Paris: Islamic Bastards”. The newspaper was sued for using this language and it is the type of article Francis was criticizing in his address to Italian journalists.