More than half of Hong Kong people think self-censorship exists in the local media, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
A slightly smaller percentage believes the local media holds back “to a certain degree” when criticizing the government, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing the April 13-16 survey by the HKU Public Opinion Program which polled 1,024 people.
About 47 percent of the respondents said Hong Kong media outlets have misgivings when criticising the government, the highest figure since the survey was launched in 1997.
Fewer people are happy with the state of press freedom, with the net satisfaction rate at 17 percent, down 13 points from a similar survey conducted at the start of last year’s democracy protests.
The news media has a credibility rating of 5.72 points on a 10-point scale, the survey shows.
Only 26 percent said the mass media fulfills its responsibility to accurately report the news compared with 32 percent who said it does not.
Nearly eight in 10 get their news mainly from television, giving it the lowest satisfaction rate of 36 percent since data began in 1993.
More than half relies on the internet for news, up eight points from the previous survey.
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