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South Koreans deeply distrustful of domestic media, Pew finds

Global study ties satisfaction with government, economy to media approval rate

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends his New Year's news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- South Koreans have little faith in their nation's news media, particularly in the media's ability to provide fair coverage, a sentiment that contrasts with the broader support expressed in the U.S. and Japan, a new Pew Research study shows.

Pew found that just 27% of South Koreans believed their country's media covered political issues fairly, with a similarly paltry 36% viewing their news reports as accurate. The survey was conducted in early February and March 2017, during the impeachment trial of then-President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted in March over a corruption scandal.

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