Quality and Characteristics of Media Evaluation

Compared to a decade ago, 52% of the public considers the quality of news in Greece to be worse, describing it as either “much worse” (26.5%) or “rather worse” (25.5%). 31.5% believe that the quality of news is better today, while 15.5% say it is “the same”.

Comparing Greek media with European media in general, one in two respondents say that the quality of information is worse in domestic media. 13% believe that the information provided by Greek media is better than that provided by European media, while 20% say it is “the same”.

When asked to evaluate the media in Greece in terms of their freedom, independence and control exercised over power, respondents give a low score of 47.5% to the freedom of Press, 66.5% to its independence from political power and 65.5% to its economic independence. The sample is “split” between the different degrees of control that they consider that the media exert on power: 34% say high, 33.5% say medium and 31% say low.

When comparing local and nationwide media, respondents consider that the latter are better at responding to breaking news (45.5%) and that they offer more interesting content (50%). However, when asked which of them are objective and reliable, 30% of the sample answered local, while 20.5% answered “none”. Almost two in ten say that both categories operate “the same” in terms of each individual characteristic.