MEDIA AND BALKANS: MGR. HOCEVAR (BELGRADE), THE GOAL MUST BE "TO WORK TOWARDS THE COMMON GOOD"

"Nowadays, the Balkans have many more opportunities than in the past for creating unity and communion from great diversity": a unity that is born of reconciliation and forgiveness, because "without forgiveness no problem may be solved, without it there is no freedom, there is no hope, there is no future". This is the belief of the archbishop of Belgrade, Stanislav Hocevar, who spoke in the Serbian capital today, at the international workshop on "Mass media as a major factor in inter-ethnic and religious tolerance, understanding and cooperation in the Balkans". "Every group, community or nation – the archbishop pointed out – is strong only insofar as it can communicate, because there can be no cohesion without dialogue". But what role should the mass media play in this respect? "Working towards the common good", answered mgr. Hocevar, because "those mass media which get far from this goal lose their purpose", since "all mass media are called, first and foremost, to do social communication" for the good of the community in a "free and responsible manner". "The only answer before an increasingly complex society – he concluded – is simply honesty", a principle that the media, especially in the Balkans, "are called to adhere to".

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