Fake News: A Crisis on the Rise

Fake News: A Crisis on the Rise

“I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey—without offence, please—to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true, and since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.” – Pope Francis These resounding words by the Pope on the spread of fake news addresses one of the biggest issues that have been on the rise steadily. The majority of us depend on various online…

Is Modern News Journalism in Sri Lanka clouded by Sharebait Posts?

Is Modern News Journalism in Sri Lanka clouded by Sharebait Posts?

When you hear the word “NEWS” what do you instantaneously associate it with? Perhaps you would think of a popular TV news programme, or a newspaper’s online portal, or even your favourite Social Media outlet, and if you like to keep it traditional, a newspaper. You may have not paid a lot of attention to the sources you mentioned, but two of those sources are deeply rooted in the internet. Moreover social media has been able to establish itself as a news source in the recent past, as it has…