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The King of Spain defends the “good journalism” to fight the fake news

Madrid / On Tuesday, the King has defended to recover “the essence of good journalism” as a formula to transmit credible and proven stories to citizens, preserve rigor and impartiality and fight against the spread of fake news.

Felipe VI has presided the presentation ceremony of the international awards for journalism Rey de España in its 36th edition and the 15th Don Quixote journalism prize at the Casa de América, in Madrid, which are convened by the EFE Agency and the Spanish Cooperation Agency International for Development (Aecid).

In his congratulations to the winners, the head of the State has stressed “the exercise of a free press” contributes every day to “the construction of more informed, more just and democratic societies”.

This year’s edition has recognized the work of informants and media from Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Portugal in the categories of press, radio, television, photography, digital journalism and environmental journalism and development sustainable.

The King congratulated them for “their quality, their sensitivity and their good work”, and stressed that their works show the excellence of Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-language journalism in all its facets and supports.

The award-winning works deal with issues such as the fight against corruption and organized crime, the migratory phenomenon or the memory of the victims of the Franco regime.

Good journalism

Mr. Felipe has encouraged “to rescue the spirit of the best classic journalism” and reinforce “what has more to do with the core of the profession: humanistic training, critical capacity, the intelligence of knowing how to ask, the ability to see things in a different way”.

“It is good journalism that favours the development of the critical spirit in individuals and societies, that sense that enables us to distinguish and discriminate in the immeasurable amount of data, information and opinions”, he stressed.

In the opinion of Felipe VI, it is necessary to bet on “a journalism which doesn’t generate doubts, which offers solid, proven accounts and give assurances to citizens that what is being told is sufficiently contrasted”.

In a context like the current one marked by the spreading of hoaxes and disinformation, the head of the State has emphasized “the best journalism” should strive to combat fake news, “not only for an elementary ethical question, but because the falsification of reality unfairly distorts the opinion of people”.

The impact of new technologies in journalism

Mr. Felipe has highlighted the impact that new technologies have had on the journalistic profession, but has considered it pertinent “to find the necessary symbiosis between technological updating and the preservation of traditional journalistic values”, such as truthfulness, rigor or impartiality.

In addition to the mastery of multimedia tools, he expressed the need to “continue teaching and disseminating the values, strategies and essential principles of journalism” so that media professionals continue to fulfill their social function.

On the occasion of the EFE Agency’s 80th anniversary, the King has ensured this public medium is “synonymous with quality, professional, impartial and rigorous journalism” which has made it the fourth world agency and first in Spanish with its network of 3,000 professionals in more than 120 countries.

Recognition to Aecid

He also had words of recognition for Aecid, which last year fulfilled 30 years of solidary work of which, according to the King, “so much the Spaniards are proud”.

Mr. Felipe has said that he is a witness of this exemplary activity through the cooperation trips carried out by the Queens Sofia and Letizia, who, precisely, is in Mozambique to know the work of Aecid in the African country.

The award ceremony was attended by the acting vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, and the foreign ministers, Josep Borrell; of Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; of Justice, Dolores Delgado; and of Health, María Luisa Carcedo.

They have also been the president of the EFE Agency, Fernando Garea; the Ibero-American General Secretary, Rebeca Grynspan; the director of the Aecid, Aina Calvo; and various ambassadors. (April 30, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
lo que dijo Felipe VI en la entrega de los Premios Internacionales de Periodismo Rey de España.
quiénes han sido los ganadores de unos premios relacionados con el periodismo.
un análisis detallado sobre el impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en el periodismo.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
Felipe VI no cree la formación humanística y la capacidad crítica sean importantes en el periodismo.
Felipe VI considera necesario luchar contra la difusión de noticias falsas.
Felipe VI descarta que las noticias falsas sean un problema.
Question 3
Según el texto, el 'sentido crítico'...
es importante para que el periodista pueda distinguir y discriminar las informaciones.
no sirve de mucho para que el periodista pueda discriminar las informaciones.
impide que el periodista pueda distinguir y discriminar las informaciones que recibe.
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Sobre las nuevas tecnologías se dice que... (It's said about new technologies that...)
no han causado ningún tipo de impacto en el periodismo.
debe haber una simbiosis entre estas y los valores periodísticos.
poco importa si se pierden algunos valores periodísticos por el avance tecnológico.
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Sobre el acto de entrega de estos premios se dice que... (It's said abouy this award ceremony that...)
estuvo presente el presidente de la Agencia EFE.
ningún ministro español acudió a este acto.
tuvo lugar en la sede de una agencia de noticias.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
es la primera vez que Roberto Navia gana un premio.
Nuno André Ferreira ganó el Premio de Fotografía.
Diego Cabot ganó un premio por un artículo sobre la corrupción en Nicaragua.
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