About 60% of Ukrainians believe stability is more important than freedom of speech, compared to 28.1% who disagree with this statement, according to a survey conducted by Research & Branding Group, company director Yevhen Kopatko said, UKRINFORM reported.

In his words, 51.3% of respondents believe that in Ukraine there is a threat to freedom of expression, while 33.7% disagree.

Kopatko also noted that about 53% of respondents said the Ukrainian media are free compared to a total of 35% who believe there is no free media in the country.

"According to the respondents, the objectivity of presentation of information in the media depends on the political views of the owners of channels (59.6%), censorship by the authorities (38%) and censorship of journalists (10.6%)," the sociologist noted.

Overall, 56% of Ukrainians trust the Ukrainian media and 38.5% do not trust. "A fairly high figure, considering that there is no significant difference in this respect among the regions of Ukraine. In particular, a slightly higher rate of trust is in the central regions of Ukraine, which is about 64%," Kopatko said.

According to him, 69% of Ukrainians see television the main source of information, 15.5% - the Internet. "The last figure for the past few years has been growing in geometrical progression. Two years ago 5% of Ukrainians used the Internet, and now about 16%," the expert added.

The study was conducted in December 2010 in 24 regions of Ukraine and Crimea, with 2,076 people interviewed.

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