mandag 4. april 2022

Satisfaction with Hong Kong’s press freedom drops to record low, poll finds

Hongkongers’ satisfaction with press freedom and media outlets in the city has dropped to a record low, a poll has found. The Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) published the results of a telephone survey involving 1,004 respondents’ “appraisal of news media.” The survey found that 28 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the level of press freedom in Hong Kong, the lowest rate since records began in September 1997. However, the score on media outlets’ credibility increased from 4.81 to 4.94, with 10 being the highest score.

The overall satisfaction with media outlets’ performance also dropped from last year’s eight per cent to this year’s two per cent, a record low since records began in September 1997. Of the types of news outlets, satisfaction decreased the most for online media, from 22 per cent last year to 12 per cent this year. The poll also reported a record-high proportion of respondents, 46 per cent, saying that news outlets in the city did not utilise their freedom of speech, the highest rate since September 1997.