New media a powerful tool in China

More than 70 percent of people in China believe that new media can be more powerful tools for democratic supervision than traditional media.

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.

The 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.

"Though 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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