Is the Media Losing the Position of Democracy Guardians?

A recent Reuters poll found that media confidence continued to fall, dropping from 44% to 42% this year, and confidence in social media news is even lower. On average, almost a third of respondents actively avoid news. Croatia is the record holder with 56% of those evading the news, followed by Turkey and Greece. The research also shows that the media have not yet found a viable business model by going online. Also, younger generations are consuming news differently, which is a challenge that the media has not yet solved. With all this, the rise of populism has significantly influenced the position of the media in society. Why is the public trust in the media increasingly declining and what are the consequences for society? Can the media remain guardians of democracy and the public interest? Why is Croatia an infamous record holder in the number of people who do not want to cite, listen or see any news?


Slobodan Georgijev

Slobodan Georgijev

BIRN Serbia (Serbia)

Drazen Klaric

Dražen Klarić

Večernji list, Editor in Chief (Croatia)

Tihomir Ladisic

Tihomir Ladišić

N1, News Director (Croatia)


Damira Gregoret

Damira Gregoret

RTL Hrvatska, Reporter (Croatia)

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