A third of people support media appeals tribunal

2011-05-31 12:58

A survey has revealed that 31% of adults living in urban areas are in favour of the proposed media appeals tribunal and 31% of the Protection of Information Bill.

To the statement: “You support the idea of the ANC’s proposed Media Appeals Tribunal”, 36% of respondents disagreed, while 33% did not have an opinion, according to the TNS research survey released today.

To the statement: “You support the idea of the Protection of Information Bill”, 29% of people disagreed, while 40% “didn’t know”.

TNS surveyed 2 000 adults living in urban areas in February this year.

Of the 2 000, 1 260 were black, 385 white, 240 coloured and 115 Indian/Asian.

In September last year, 81% felt that it was important to have independent TV, radio stations and newspapers so that people received unbiased news. To this, 7% disagreed.

There was a significant difference between race groups.

According to the survey 41% of blacks, 13% of whites, 13% of coloureds and 20% of Indians/Asians agreed that there should be a media appeals tribunal, while 33% of blacks, 30% of whites, 39% of coloureds and 50% of Indians/Asians said “don’t know”.

With regards to the Protection of Information Bill, 27% of blacks, 38% of whites, 21% of coloureds and 39% of Indians/Asians did not support it.

The survey showed that people in Joburg felt more positive about the media appeals tribunal and Protection of Information Bill, and people on the East Rand were more opposed to it.

Those in Cape Town felt more negative about the media appeals tribunal.

TNS said most of the regional differences were due to the differing racial compositions of the different areas.

There were also large differences between the different language groups, and even within the black language groups, with regards to the appeals tribunal.

“It is clear that people are divided on the issues of information protection and Media Appeals Tribunal,” TNS said.

“However, it is also evident that many people are not clear on what these measures actually mean: the need for much more education anddebate is evident.” 

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