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Canadians trust the media. South Koreans don’t

Man reads newspaper at a newstand in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images

A new Pew survey on global attitudes toward the news media finds strikingly divergent attitudes among developed countries.

  • 78% of Canadians and 82% of Dutch people believe their country’s media does at least “somewhat well” at reporting the news accurately, for example.
  • Just 22% in Greece and 36% in South Korea do.

Why it matters: This question — essentially, do you trust what you see, hear and read about your government and the world around you — is of enormous significance. In the U.S. and much of the world, the answer for millions of people is “no.” In many countries, though, faith in the press remains high.

Key findings:

  • In many countries faith in the media depends on political views, nowhere more so than in the U.S. where just 21% of Republicans feel political issues are covered fairly, compared to 55% of Democrats. Big divides are also found in Israel, Sweden and Turkey.
  • In Russia, 79% believe major news events are covered well, but that number drops to 55% when people are asked whether coverage of different views on political issues is fair.
  • Canada vs. USA: 73% of Canadians believe political issues are covered fairly. Just 47% of Americans do. Mexico is in the middle, at 58%.
  • Most and least: At least 71% in every Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asian country sampled — many of which have questionable records on press freedom — believes news is covered accurately. None of the 6 South American countries sampled were above 58%.
  • European spectrum: Netherlands (82%), Sweden (78%), Germany (75%), U.K. (63%), France (62%), Hungary (54%), Spain (48%), Italy (45%), Poland (43%), Greece (22%).
Axios 7 hours ago
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North Korea says it is stopping nuclear and missile testing

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles starting April 21, and shut down a nuclear test site in the north side of the country, through a broadcast on the state news agency KCNA reports, and President Trump announced in a tweet, later adding quotes from the message.

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State Department report cuts references to Israeli "occupation"

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A Palestinian demonstrator at a protest today near the Gaza-Israel border. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The State Department dropped almost all uses of the term "occupation" from its latest annual report on the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Between the lines: This is a significant change, because the public language used by the State Department usually communicates a policy. The U.N., the E.U., Russia, China and almost all the countries in the world see the Israeli control of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967 as "military occupation." But Israel doesn't, and now the U.S. might not see it that way either.