New media a powerful tool in China

Beijing: More than 70 percent of
people believe that new media can be more powerful tools for democratic
supervision than traditional media, according to a new survey.

Media and Public Opinion Research Centre, of Fudan University in
Shanghai, asked people how they kept up with events at the annual
National People’s Congress which ended Wednesday.

According to
Friday’s China Daily, the centre conducted random telephone interviews
with 313 residents of Shanghai’s 17 districts and counties, all with
varied educational levels.

This is the sixth year the centre has conducted the survey.

the television was still the medium of choice for residents to stay in
touch with goings-on, new media are playing an increasingly important
role,” Li Shuanglong, a researcher, told China Daily.

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