Wednesday, December 12, 2007

World 'Divided' on Press Freedom

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You have two doors to choose from: #1 is marked press freedom and #2 stability. Choose. Quick. No questions.

Well, some disturbing news for press-freedom advocates: In a global survey that posed essentially that question, about 40 percent said it was more important to maintain social harmony and peace, even if it meant curbing the press’s freedom to report truthfully. That means a lot of people chose option #2.

The survey, which looked at views in 14 countries, also covered:
+ Whether people feel the press can operate freely in their country
+ How good a job respondents feel the press does in covering news accurately
+ The concentration of private media in the hands of fewer large companies.

Interestingly, in the U.S., Britain and Germany, about 29 percent thought the press does a good job of reporting news accurately.

See the study at:

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