Self-censorship exists in HK news media, poll finds

October 06, 2015 19:04
Among different news sources, television, the internet and newspapers remain the top three choices, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong's news media has had its general credibility rating improve slightly to 5.86 out of a maximum of 10, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Net satisfaction with press freedom remains unchanged at 17 percent.

The telephone survey by the HKU Public Opinion Program polled 1,046 people from Sept. 24 to 30.

About 55 percent believe the news media has practised self-censorship.

The net value was positive 27 percent, the highest since this segment of the survey began in 1997. 

The survey suggested that public perceptions about self-censorship were due to the news media’s reluctance to criticize the Hong Kong government and the central authorities.

About 48 percent of the respondents said the media had scruples when criticizing the government while 62 percent said it had scruples when criticizing the central authorities.

Their net value was 4 percent and 33 percent, respectively, also a record high.

Among different news sources, television, the internet and newspapers remained the top three choices.

The survey showed that television might have lost some influence, with the percentage of people who choose it as their main source of news and consider it trustworthy both slipping.

Net satisfaction with news media in general is 29 percent.

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