“When the newspapers start to act as a political party they have no longer an ethical commitment”

Sylvia Moretzsohn, a retired professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), a specialist in journalistic ethics, was the protagonist of the debate held in the afternoon of October 25, in the ICS auditorium at UMinho, held under the theme “Journalism and Media in the crisis of Brazil”. Her current research focuses on the relationship between ethics and the transformations and dilemmas of journalism in the context of the internet, and it was within this framework that she observed, among other things, that “when the newspapers start to act as a political party they have no longer an ethical commitment”. She exemplified the content of her statement, projecting some publication covers (see CECS Twitter).

This is why the former professor of Journalism at the Social Communication Department of UFF, which also develops research on the links between journalism and everyday life, common sense and the “social issue” said that “it is important to continue reading the media landscape thinking about the flows of capital”, where explanations can be found for certain editorial guidelines. Moreover, she alluded to the playfulness of information that comes from the social context itself: “We live in a fun world – everything has to be fun”, even the information provided by the media.