Indians prefer social stability over press freedom
Dec 11: “Most of the countries prefer in freedom of press as against social stability” the recent survey done by BBC revealed this very fact. Only India, Russia and Singapore were found exceptions since the citizens of the respective countries considered that “social stability is more important than the liberty of the press.”
This revelation was established in a BBC World Service Poll on people’s attitude towards freedom of press that had been conducted in the 14 countries across the globe between October 1 and November 21 for marking the Platinum Jubilee year of BBC World.
As much as 11,344 people from India, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Britain, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela were involved in this recent BBC’s exclusive survey according to BBC’s website.
Forty-eight per cent of Indians believed that social stability and peace is more important than freedom of the press, while only 41 percent were in favour of the press freedom to social stability and peace in the society. The remaining 11 per cent weren’t in any position to answer the question.
At the global level only 40 percent people who were involved in the public survey firmed on social stability as against the freedom of press while 56 per cent individual believed to be providing the full liberty to media to carry out the right image.
Only 19% of the people were in the favour of providing very less or no freedom to media in their country, survey reports.
In India approximately 64 percent people believed that Private news organisations are fairer in providing true and unbiased news as comparison to Public or Government organisation backed media, but only 30 percent of people believe that media owners do not interfere with the news content in presenting the news.
Whereas on the global front the percentage got closer as thirty nine per cent of people across the world said that public funded news agencies are doing a good job, though 43 percent are in the favour of private news organisations.
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