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Most Israelis do not trust mainstream media

Sixty percent find the reporting unreliable.

The front pages of several Israeli newspapers on July 25, 2023, a day after the Knesset passed the "reasonableness bill" into law. Photo by Chaim Goldbeg/Flash90.
The front pages of several Israeli newspapers on July 25, 2023, a day after the Knesset passed the "reasonableness bill" into law. Photo by Chaim Goldbeg/Flash90.

The great majority of Israelis do not trust mainstream media, according to a survey the Central Bureau of Statistics released on Wednesday.

Only 35% of Israelis polled said that the mainstream media provides credible information, compared to 60% who did not find the reporting reliable, the poll found.

Less than half of those polled found television, radio and newspapers to be credible, compared to only a quarter for social media.

Fifty percent of respondents said that the media presents things in a more negative light compared to reality, while 25% said press reports reflect the situation in the country and 13% said the media reports on things in a more positive way than the underlying reality.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said that television was their major source of news, compared to 42% who cited the internet. The older ones tend to get more of their news from television while younger Israelis opt for the web.

The annual survey on attitudes regarding communications and social media, which polled 6,501 Israelis over the age of 20, did not cite a margin of error.

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