Uganda: Public Trust in Radio Down, Social Media Least Trusted Form of Information

Public trust in the information disseminated by radio is declining from 79% to 61% but remains well ahead of other forms of media, a new report released by Tweweza has revealed.

The findings were released on Wednesday morning and coincided with the World Press Freedom Day celebrations.

In a brief titled “Citizens views and experiences on the media and press freedom of expression”, the report indicates that public trust in the information disseminated by Television is at 45%.

According to the report, the number of citizens who trust information obtained from other sources like public meetings, newspapers, social media has also dropped.

It has however indicated that public support for freedom of expression and access to information is consistently high, and rising.

The report indicates that the citizens are consistently positive about radio and radio journalists in Uganda and they believe that the national media play a valuable and constructive role in national life.

“Citizens’ media habits are evolving, with radio’s dominance declining and different demographic groups using different forms of media for information. Separate conversations representing different parts of society could lead to increasing division and exclusion,” the report states .

The survey stated that citizens support freedom of expression in principle but have concerns that this right is not upheld in practice, with many feeling unable to criticise certain national leaders.

According to the survey, Ugandan citizens have a high level of confidence in the media, more so with radio, which they trust, find valuable and constructive, and view as representing people like them.