Business as usual: the UK national daily press and the Occupy Central movement


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This essay reviews the coverage of the Occupy Central movement in the UK national daily press from the first notice of the growing movement in July 2013 to the time of writing in January 2015. This is a relatively small subset of the total mentions of Hong Kong in the UK press, which cover a wide range of cultural, leisure, sport, and business stories. Hong Kong is very far from invisible to the UK press in “normal” times but, given that the UK is the former colonial power in Hong Kong, and that the terms under which the territory was returned to China were formalized in an inter-state agreement between the UK and China (the Joint Declaration, ratified in 1985), it is reasonable to assume that developments in the constitutional situation would attract very considerable attention on the part of the UK government. Studies of foreign news suggest that nationally specific factors tend to influence news salience so we would concomitantly expect that the UK newspaper press would devote substantial amounts of space to reporting and discussing the issues raised by these developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Occupy Central
  • Press
  • UK
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