RUŽOMBEROK (September 18, 2008) - From the 5.-7. of Septembre 2008 more than 400 participants from over the world discussed about the relationship between media and family at the world congress Family And Media, which has organized Catholic University in Ružomberok (CU). It was the 23. year of the world congresses about the family which moved for first time after such world cities as Paris, Madrid or Brussel to Slovakia. The international authorities from the social, political and church area and area of media searched for solutions how to use media for reinforce of the family.
If God is absolutly absent in media, it has a relavant impact on degradation of the society moral, said the Chairman of Pontifical Council for the Family Ennio Antonelli. According to him, media are dangerous for family, becaus „they can show the depraved image of the life and morality“. If the journalist look also at the recipient, not only at himself, it can be, according to Vice-Chairman of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Giuseppe Scotti, his work effective and necessary. „Every journalist should pay attention to the feeling of himself in the particular situation,“ said Scotti. Belgian Queen Fabiola added in the context of the healthy realtion between the family and media: „First responsibility of the journalist is to respect the truth and the value of the human beeing.“
There were 30 lecturer from 16 countries of the world, besides others the Chairman of the International Journalist Federation and scientist of the Harvard University Bernard Margueritte or Rector of the Sorbon University Gérard-François Dumont. The congress is under the auspices of František Tondra, Chairman of KBS (Conference of Bishops of Slovakia), Silvia Gašparovičová, First Lady of Slovak Republic, and Jan Figel, Commissioner of the European Union. According to General Secretary and the first Vice-Rector of CU Peter Olekšák the congress will continue. “We will update further our website which can help in solving complicated relation between the family and media. We do not segregate the preparation another activities and meetings, because it is important not to die of this theme and to echo it in society as much as possible,” pointed out Olekšák. The congress contributed with new visions on the interrelation of the family future and of media activity and opened public debate on the problem in Slovakia. The organization team started a petition for family health and truly media and at the same time presents the space for a public debate on the topic. Everybody can participate.
CU have organized conference on the request of the World Organisation for the Family from Washington and the foundation Familie de Demain with the seat in Brussels. The Congress is organized since 1981. Its first years took place in Latin America, the first European congress was in Paris in 1986. Last guest cities were Moscow, Lublin and Kiev.
Faculty of Arts and Letters (FF CU) is a part of the Catholic University in Ružomberok whose mission is scientific, educational and culture activity. The Faculty has philosophical and humanistic survey. FF CU was established by the decree of the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia with the protocol Nr. 103/99 from the 17th of May 1999 and by a law of NR SR Nr. 167/2000 of the Code from the 10. of May 2000 about the Establishment of the Catholic University in Ružomberok on the 1st of July 2000. For almost 8 years of the existence the faculty has been developing dynamically, working for enhancement of education, science and research, whereby it has ambitions to belong to the prominent faculties of its survey in Slovakia, and in the world. There are almost 100 teachers at the faculty that teach 1 500 students. You can find more information about the faculty at: www.ff.ku.sk.
You can find further information about congress at: www.rodinaamedia.sk
In the case of another information contact, please:
Peter Olekšák, representative of the leader of the Department of Journalism at FF CU,
, +421 918 722 002
, +421 908 660 526, +421 949 376 538
Translation by Peter Lach