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Trustworthiness of news media worldwide 2020

A study examining perspectives on the news media from 38 countries revealed that levels of trust differed notably around the world, although on the most part trust in European media was highest. Western Europeans in particular had greater trust in the news media than citizens from other parts of the world, with the exception of France where only 24 percent of respondents said that they trusted news most of the time.

France was placed among the lowest in the world when it came to how much consumers trusted the news media, alongside South Korea, Hungary and Greece. Media sources in these countries can be considered to be insufficiently independent from the establishment, whereas in France the low trust could be attributed to recent civil dispute. “The Yellow Vest” movement sparked major unrest, with some journalists attacked for their position.

One factor which can greatly affect trust in news is the outlet used. Globally, social media is seen as a less reliable source of news, and in the EU radio and television are viewed as more dependable. In the current climate of fake news and polarizing political events, young people around the world are having a tough time relying on the mass media , although this attitude is also seen among older generations.

Share of adults who trust news media most of the time in selected countries worldwide as of February 2020

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

February 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Total sample size for each market was 2,000, and 1,027 in Taiwan.
This question was phrased by the source as follows: 'Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. I think you can trust most news most of the time.'

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