Taiwan to conduct survey about public trust in the media

Poll results will not influence broadcast licenses: Cabinet spokeswoman

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Government members (including Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka, center) discuss measures against fake news.

Government members (including Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka, center) discuss measures against fake news. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Amid fears of the spread of fake news, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said Thursday he wanted the National Communications Commission (NCC) to conduct a survey about public trust in the media.

Government spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said she had based herself on a similar poll in the European Union in tabling the proposal to the premier at Thursday’s regular weekly Cabinet meeting, the Apple Daily reported.

Whatever the outcome of the survey, it would not be used as a basis to decide on the continuation or cancellation of broadcast licenses, she added.

The EU conducted a similar poll about the public usage of the media and about the trustworthiness of radio, television and online news by phoning 20,000 people over two days last February, Kolas said.

Premier Lai wanted a similar survey to take place in Taiwan, but because his idea had only just been issued, more talks with the NCC were necessary before a date for the project would be decided, according to the Apple Daily.

The poll results would amount to basic research, with the data allowing policymakers to understand whether citizens had more trust in radio broadcasts, television or newspapers, Kolas said.