Female journalists covering the Hong Kong protests confront ambivalent sexism on the street and in the newsroom

Rose Luwei Luqiu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Verbal, physical, and online attacks on journalists who cover protests around the worldhave been increasing in recent years, resulting in a decrease in both the amount ofreporting that is being done and the accountability that reporting provides. Journalists have been targeted by demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and police while covering nationalist, xenophobic, and anti-government protests in both democratic and non-democratic counties. This study explores these issues through an analysis of the results of a survey of Hong Kong journalists who covered the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests and of interviews with specifically female journalists who did so. The aim of the study is to explain, using a phenomenological approach and from a feminist perspective, the ambivalent sexism encountered by women journalists.The study also sheds light on the complexities involved in discussing gender-based violence against journalists since this problem relates not only to gender but also to politics, state power, and media ownership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-697
Number of pages19
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Issue number3
Early online date4 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

User-Defined Keywords

  • ambivalent sexism
  • benevolent sexism
  • feminist perspective
  • gender in the newsroom
  • Gender-based violence
  • hostile sexism
  • phenomenology


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