MANILA—Many Filipinos, in fact a good majority of them according to an international study, believe news media outlets are fair and accurate in their reporting.
Based on a report published by the Pew Research Center titled "Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver," 86% of those surveyed said news is reported accurately while 78% thought political issues are covered fairly in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, 83% think that Philippine news media outlets do well reporting about government leaders and officials, while 87% think the same when it comes to reporting the most important news events.
In the Philippines, a thousand adult Filipinos (aged 18 and older) were interviewed as respondents face to face from February 26 to May 8, 2017.
Thirty-eight countries were covered in the study.
According to the Pew report, 86% of Filipinos said they follow national news, 49% of which follow such reports "very closely."
Most Filipinos also like to be kept up to date about news overseas, 56% of them to be exact, just about the global median percentage.
For a majority of Filipinos, or 52% of those surveyed, it is "never acceptable" for a news organization to favor one political party over others when reporting the news.
Meanwhile, 87% of the Filipinos surveyed said that news organizations in the Philippines are doing "well" at reporting on the most important news events, with half of that number saying the reporting is done "very well."
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