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Uruguayan President promotes the role of media in the education against crime.

President of Uruguay Jose Mujica Photo Credit to Andres Stapff Reuters

“A police report in a TV newscast has the right to spend 5 or 10 minutes and say everything that comes to mind, but the news should end with an analysis that strike the subliminal awareness of what the crime is and how to fight it. I think we are entitled to ask mass media elements also help with the education of the TV viewers, “said the President of Uruguay Jose Mujica to the uruguayan newspaper La Republica.

The President also explained his intention to “persuade” the media to fulfill a social role in human value and ethics formation. Mujica met yesterday with his Security Cabinet and referred to the role played by media in reporting the news police.

After the meeting, told the newspaper that the media follow the rating “by the minute” and if they perform well they will  “stretch” the news , which, in most cases, are related to police actions, violence and crime. “Such media management can be eventually excellent in terms of audience, but if the media say something that brings not so great rating but helps to educate people against violence, maybe that means you have to reward a bit these media with the official propaganda, as a compensation.”

But he said this time “there will be no action” and prefers to first discuss this ideas with the owners of the uruguayan media. READ MORE HERE