A recent survey by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) showed over half of Malaysians do not trust the news that they read and are of the view that media organisations in the country are not free from “undue political influence”.
The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016 released earlier this week gave a detailed analysis of digital news and media use across Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan with patterns and comparisons across other Asia-Pacific regions including Japan, Australia and South Korea, and selected European and North American markets (the UK and the US).
The report said that 61 per cent out of Malaysians polled in an online questionnaire disagreed that news media in Malaysia are independent of undue political or government interference.
Only 13 per cent perceived news media to be free from any influence while 28 per cent neither agreed or disagreed on the matter.
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