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Greek media perceived as most inaccurate worldwide, survey finds

Greeks are the most sceptical in the world towards their country’s media, a Pew Research Centre study found.

In Pew’s public opinion survey, only 18% of Greeks answered that they believe that their national media are doing a good or somewhat good job of reporting on political issues. This is the lowest percentage among the 38 countries surveyed. The corresponding figure for the U.S. is 47%, Australia is at 48%, Canada is at 73%, and Turkey is at 57%.

The survey also found that only 25% of Greeks trust their media to accurately report news regarding politicians and public officials.

Overall, a median of 75%t of respondents across the 38 countries included in the poll stated that it is never acceptable for a news organisation to favour one political party over others when reporting the news. Only 20% said this is sometimes acceptable.

Respondents from Europe were those who were the most opposed to political bias in their news, including 89% of those polled in Spain and 88% of those surveyed in Greece who considered this practice unacceptable, as compared to 78% of respondents in the United States. In only five countries do at least 30% of respondents believe it is acceptable for the media to favour one political party.

Share of people who say their news media are doing very/somewhat well at reporting news accurately(2018)

Country Political issues fairly News about govt. leaders
and officials
News accurately Most important news events
Tanzania 83,00% 89,00% 93,00% 92,00%
Philippines 78,00% 83,00% 86,00% 87,00%
Indonesia 77,00% 85,00% 85,00% 89,00%
Netherlands 74,00% 82,00% 82,00% 89,00%
India 65,00% 72,00% 80,00% 72,00%
Kenya 70,00% 75,00% 80,00% 82,00%
Vietnam 78,00% 78,00% 80,00% 85,00%
Canada 73,00% 79,00% 78,00% 82,00%
Sweden 66,00% 78,00% 78,00% 86,00%
Ghana 68,00% 70,00% 77,00% 81,00%
Germany 72,00% 77,00% 75,00% 85,00%
South Africa 65,00% 69,00% 73,00% 76,00%
Senegal 75,00% 75,00% 72,00% 84,00%
Nigeria 67,00% 68,00% 71,00% 74,00%
Japan 55,00% 55,00% 65,00% 74,00%
Turkey 57,00% 73,00% 65,00% 74,00%
Israel 42,00% 50,00% 63,00% 78,00%
UK 52,00% 64,00% 63,00% 74,00%
France 47,00% 54,00% 62,00% 73,00%
Mexico 58,00% 55,00% 62,00% 68,00%
Russia 55,00% 68,00% 60,00% 79,00%
Venezuela 52,00% 50,00% 58,00% 62,00%
Australia 48,00% 60,00% 57,00% 65,00%
Brazil 45,00% 54,00% 57,00% 66,00%
Tunisia 48,00% 52,00% 56,00% 58,00%
U.S. 47,00% 58,00% 56,00% 61,00%
Jordan 46,00% 47,00% 55,00% 60,00%
Hungary 42,00% 49,00% 54,00% 63,00%
Peru 42,00% 42,00% 51,00% 59,00%
Lebanon 36,00% 62,00% 48,00% 73,00%
Spain 33,00% 48,00% 48,00% 63,00%
Argentina 37,00% 38,00% 45,00% 56,00%
Italy 36,00% 46,00% 45,00% 60,00%
Poland 40,00% 43,00% 43,00% 59,00%
Chile 36,00% 36,00% 42,00% 55,00%
Colombia 38,00% 43,00% 41,00% 57,00%
South Korea 27,00% 26,00% 36,00% 44,00%
Greece 18,00% 25,00% 22,00% 42,00%

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