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October 26, 2020

Survey: Media, most credible source of information on corruption

The media is the most credible source of information on corruption, with 73.54 per cent of respondents in a survey on how corruption in public institutions is perceived saying they trust the press in this regard, Mediafax reported.

The survey, called “Citizens’ perception on corruption in public institutions: causes, practices, prevention,” was conducted by the National Agency of Civil Servants (ANFP) together with the Assistance and Programmes for Lasting Development Association, as part of a wider project entitled “Corruption is everybody’s business.” The purpose of the survey was to measure citizen’s perception on corruption, to suggest an interpretation of the results from the point of view of civil servants’ integrity and ethics and to identify citizens’ role in preventing corruption deeds, ANFP said in a press release yesterday. The results of the survey showed that people go rather seldom to state authorities and institutions to solve various problems, with a total of 50.3 per cent of respondents saying they go to their local mayor’s office once a year or never. As for the citizens’ level of knowledge on corruption cases, 36.9 per cent of respondents said they had knowledge in such cases through personal experience or the local press, while 86.2 per cent of those interviewed were able to give concrete examples. Among instances of corruption mentioned by respondents are discriminatory behaviour and nepotism (2.52 per cent), unjustified public acquisitions and expenditures (2.52 per cent), cases of corruption that involved representatives of local and central administration and politicians (21 per cent), the survey reveals. Corruption deeds such as giving and taking bribes, which get wide media coverage, were the easiest to identify by respondents, with 93.6 and 88.3 per cent, respectively, including them among acts of corruption.

The survey was conducted between April 28 and May 25, through interviews with 1,200 people in five counties (Cluj, Dolj, Harghita, Ilfov and Neamt) and Bucharest’s District 6.

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