KUALA LUMPUR — July 10, 2019: A recent study showed that Malaysians were more likely to believe in traditional media like newspapers, television and radio rather than online news sources.
They also believed more in news and information from personal acquaintances over other sources, says Ipsos, an international research company which conducted polls at the national and global from January 25 to February 8.
“Malaysians’ trust in newspapers and magazines increased from 21 per cent five years ago to 25 per cent now, while the people’s confidence in television and radio increased from 24 per cent to 28 per cent during the same period,” according to the findings released today.
The survey also found that confidence in online websites and online news platforms for the nation also increased by four per cent from eight per cent for the same period.
However, surveys conducted among those below 74 in 27 countries found that at the global-level, trust in traditional media declined during the same period due to the prevalence of false news reporting and suspicion over the agendas or intentions of media outlets.
As many as 79 per cent of Malaysians considered newspapers and magazines to have good intentions compared to the global-level of only 50 per cent, while 77 per cent of Malaysians believed in news obtained from television and radio compared to 52 per cent globally.
In India, Peru, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia, respondents had more trust in public broadcasters, said a statement.