The number of people in South Africa who feel their freedoms are under threat from the government has increased by 15% in the past year.
A survey conducted by the media monitoring group Mediawatch revealed that 71% of respondents believed the media would be corrupted or compromised by the political process in South African politics, with only 14% saying they believed the government would not.
The survey also revealed that 70% of those surveyed did not trust the media and believed their opinions were not being represented in the media.
Mediawatch has also conducted an online survey which found that the majority of people believe that their opinions are not being heard.
MediaWatch also said that the lack of trust in the mainstream media was likely to lead to a drop in people being exposed to the news.
The South African government is facing a backlash from the media over its plans to introduce legislation that will allow for the creation of new media outlets in the country.
On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that he would use his veto power to allow the creation and development of a new media sector in the South African state.
Zuma said he was looking to “reform the media so it’s not a monopoly,” while at the same time encouraging the creation or establishment of new outlets to compete with traditional media outlets.
The legislation is expected to be passed by parliament in the coming weeks.