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Report shows that only 23% of South Koreans trust the news: Less than any other country surveyed
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According to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, only 23% of South Koreans trust their news.

This was lower than any of the 36 other countries surveyed, which included countries from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.

The survey was carried out by the Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford and in total it surveyed more than 70,000 online news consumers. This included 2002 people from South Korea.

A statistic that could go some way towards explaining this result is that only 12% of people thought that the news was from "Free from undue political influence" and the same percentage of people thought it was "Free from undue commercial influence."

This poor scores put Korea at 34th out of the 36 countries surveyed.

However, one media group that people appear to trust more than most is the JTBC. The relatively new media company (formed in Dec. 2011) is trusted by 60% of the public. According to the survey, this is in part due to the role it played in the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye.

This perhaps explains why it is the most used TV, print, and broadcast news source with 60% of people claiming to have used it in the last year. JTBC is also the third most used online news source after Naver and Daum.

The report threw some other interesting information about media usage in Korea. 74% of people used TV to access the news, while 83% of people accessed online news. Both these scored were third out all the countries surveyed.

Meanwhile, 16 percent of people pay for online news in Korea. While this may seem low, it puts Korea in the middle of the countries surveyed at 16th.

According to the survey, the countries that trusted their news the most were:

1. Finland: 62%

2. Brazil: 60%

3. Portugal: 58%

4. Poland: 53%

=5. Spain/Netherlands: 51%

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