In headlines now / 20.08.2018

UJF president: “Trust in the media is a condition for a safe society”

According to the 2018 Digital News Report, produced by Reuters Institute, 62 per cent of Finns trust most news most of the time. The Reuters Institute Report for 2018 finds that Finland comes top of the list, together with Portugal, concerning public trust in the news media, with 62% of the public in the two countries trusting the news they read in the press. The report covers online media use in 37 countries. Greece (26%) and South Korea (25%) come bottom of the list. According to the report, Finland is not as divided as other societies in terms of media use. Even Finnish readers of fake news reckon that news run by Yle, the public broadcaster and Helsingin Sanomat, the main national daily, are to be trusted more than mistrusted. “We can be proud of the result”, said UJF president Hanne Aho. “People want security, and trust in the media is a condition for a safe society – trust that the information that journalists produce is as accurate as possible.” The report was issues the same week of the court case involving the fake news site MV-lehti, whose owners faced criminal charges for hounding journalists. Aho believes that the spread of lies in the media prompts some people to be extra vigilant about what they read. “This in turn supports the truth-seeking work of the media.”

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