Hong Kong people trust journalists more than legislators to air their views and grievances, a Chinese University survey has found. The survey of 824 people by the university's school of journalism and communication found 57 per cent believed the media could best represent them, compared with 30 per cent who said they would put their trust in legislators. Professor Joseph Chan Man attributed the findings to 'structural defects' in the Legislative Council, where only 24 of the 60 seats were directly elected. 'Also, some lawmakers ... need to protect the interest of particular social groups instead of the community at large,' Professor Chan said. The findings also revealed high expectations of the media. More than 83 per cent said it was important in speaking for the public, while 78 per cent said it was a bridge between senior officials and the community. Professor Chan criticised some media outlets for focusing on 'sensational reporting' rather than investigate coverage and in-depth analysis, which he said was important in reflecting public opinion. Forty six per cent said radio was the most effective channel to express their views, followed by newspapers (26.6 per cent), legislators (12.6 per cent) and direct government contact (8.4 per cent). Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wing-hing, a former journalist, said she was not surprised by the findings. 'The main reason is we do not have a completely direct elected Legislative Council, so people tend to rely more on other channels, such as media, to voice for them,' she said.