A new study looks at news consumption habits in Iran.
A US government-funded survey on mass media trends in Iran found that state television remains by far the most common source of news for Iranians, though roughly half its viewers admit that they don't consider it to be entirely trustworthy. At the same time, Iranians are skeptical of the content in foreign news broadcasts too.
Eighty-six percent of Iranians consider the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) television network to be among their top three sources of news. That far outpaces any other source: the highest such figure for any other source of news was 11 percent. News from foreign sources made up only a tiny fraction of the average Iranian's news diet, according to the survey, which was conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a US federal agency that oversees international broadcasters, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The survey's results were announced at a mid-June event held at Gallup's Washington, DC, headquarters.
Despite living in a restrictive media environment, where the internet and satellite television are restricted, Iranians are relatively well-connected, the survey found: Ninety percent of households had at least one mobile phone, 67 percent had a computer and 26 percent had a satellite dish. That put the prevalence of such technology in Iran roughly on par with that in Turkey, less well-connected than the rich Persian Gulf states, but more so than North African and Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, Syria and Jordan.