March 16, 1994

Mixed Message About Press Freedom on Both Sides of Atlantic

Eight Nation, People & Press Survey

Report Summary

In a comparative media survey across eight countries, the publics of North America and Western Europe credit the news media for its positive overall impact on their countries. Large majorities said the press helps their democracies and has a good influence on their societies — usually better than the influence of other institutions, including even the churches in most cases.