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Survey: independence and plurality of journalists

The Observatory of Journalists and Media Information launched from 7 to 16 February 2013 a public consultation on the perception of the French media system. We offered our readers their opinion on the independence and plurality of journalists and the media, by answering a survey of 12 questions. This poll is now closed. Below you will find an analysis of the results of this Ojim Survey, along with an infographic.

The Ojim post­ed its first media sur­vey for a week and you were over 5000 to answer, a very encour­ag­ing result.

It is nec­es­sary to locate the val­ue of this sur­vey. It does not claim to rep­re­sent the gen­er­al opin­ion in France, but it can rep­re­sent the judg­ments of Inter­net users (or a sub­stan­tial part of them) on the media and jour­nal­ism. Strange­ly (not so strange­ly?) The results cor­rob­o­rate those of Cevipof and the annu­al sur­vey of the dai­ly La Croix .

The media are con­sid­ered as lit­tle or not inde­pen­dent (95%), influ­enced by their own­ers (88%), adver­tis­ers (81%) while free­dom of expres­sion tends to dete­ri­o­rate in France (85%).

Jour­nal­ists are ranked on the left (47%) or very left (39%) and are con­sid­ered dis­tant from real­i­ties (89%); their lack of ide­o­log­i­cal plu­ral­ism under­mines their inde­pen­dence (60%).

The Inter­net is the most inde­pen­dent media (94%) and the most respect­ful of free­dom of expres­sion (75%). To respond to the cri­sis in the print media, it is nec­es­sary to improve its con­tent (13%) and (that the ide­o­log­i­cal range of jour­nal­ists is more plu­ral­is­tic (82%).

In total the results of sur­veys of pro­fes­sion­al insti­tutes whether Cevipof or Sofres for La Croix are cor­rob­o­rat­ed: the gap widens between the tra­di­tion­al media and the jour­nal­ists who pro­duce them and on the oth­er hand the read­ers, lis­ten­ers and view­ers. Anoth­er sign to pon­der, we will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to come back.

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