Bias in the Media

Step 1

The words and phrases below will appear in the video. Use the various Quizlet study modes to get used to the words. Enjoy!

Step 2

Listen to the video and answer the questions. If you cannot answer the questions after listening, please read and listen. Good luck!

Step 3

Read the following text and answer the questions.


• Population: 126,264,931

• GDP per capita: $43,236

• Freedom of the press score in 2020: 28.9 – 66th out of 180 (“problematic”)

• Freedom of the press score in 2019: 29.4 – 67th out of 180 (“problematic”)

• Worst area of press freedom: Transparency

• Best area of press freedom: Legislative framework

Press freedom in Japan ranks behind the majority of the other richest countries in the world. A law that can put journalists and whistleblowers in prison for a decade for obtaining information in a manner deemed to be illegal has had a chilling effect and contributes to businesses undue influence over the press. Members of the press also frequently complain of a climate of mistrust and a system that discriminates against freelancers and foreign journalists since 2012, when Shinzo Abe was elected prime minister again.

Still, certain newspapers remain trusted and widely circulated in the country.

Step 4

Look at the infographic map. Ask and answer the following questions in a pair/small group.

  1. How independent are the media in your country?
  2.  Which country has the least independent media?
  3. Which country has the most independent media in Africa?
  4. Which continent has the least independent media?
  5. Which country fell seven spots due to violence against the media?
  6. How (if at all) do you think we can make the media more independent?
  7. What do you know about Edward Snowden?
  8. Do you know of any other whistleblowers?
  9. Do you think whistleblowing should be encouraged? Why/why not?
  10. Would you ever blow the whistle if you saw wrong doing in school or in your company?
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