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Politicians, media top Taiwan's 'corruption barometer'

2013/07/09 23:13:39

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) In the eyes of the Taiwanese public, the country's most corrupt institutions are the Legislature and the political parties, followed by the media.

This is the finding of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International's (TI) Taiwan branch Tuesday.

Transparency International Chinese Taipei said TI commissioned the Gallup Poll to interview 114,000 people in 107 countries all over the world between September last year and March this year regarding their perceptions about the various institutions in their countries and how their governments were battling corruption.

The pollees were asked to provide ratings from 1 to 5 to indicate most clean to most corrupt, on their parliaments or congresses, political parties, courts, police, media and private sectors.

The results show that Taiwanese people gave the Legislative Yuan and the political parties a rating of 4.1 -- the worst among all the surveyed institutions.

A surprising 3.8 was given to Taiwan's media, indicating that it was seen as the second-most corrupt institution, followed by public servants and police (3.7) and the military (3.6).

Kevin Yeh, executive director of TI Chinese Taipei, said the Taiwanese respondents probably gave the country's media such a low rating owing to a high-profile media merger controversy, as they were worried that the media might be becoming a "colluding party" to political corruption, while its watchdog function is weakened.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Yi-wei and S.C. Chang)