The dynamics of mainstream and internet alternative media in Hong Kong: A case study of the umbrella movement

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Abstract

Existing literatures recognise the Chinese government’s intention since the handover was to assert political control over Hong Kong’s mainstream media by enforcing self-censorship. This is evident by the way politically sensitive news were dealt with, which directly or indirectly relate to the interests of China. Since late September 2014, the Umbrella Movement (or Umbrella Revolution) has become a delicate issue in both China and Hong Kong. For locals, this movement was a student-led campaign to champion universal suffrage without unreasonable political screening; however, Beijing considered the campaign a threat to its authority. So, how did Hong Kong media respond to this political conundrum? This study found that most mainstream media organisations took an anti-movement stance and practise self-censorship so as not to offend the Chinese government. For this reason many Hong Kong people became dissatisfied and turn to the Internet to criticise mainstream media and to support the Umbrella Movement. Overall, online media have created an alternative political space attracting critically minded and democratic-oriented Hong Kong citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-295
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of China Studies
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Hong Kong and China
  • Internet alternative media
  • Mainstream media
  • Media self-censorship
  • The Umbrella Movement

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