The elephant in the room: media ownership and political participation in Hong Kong

Rose L W LUQIU*

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Abstract

In Hong Kong’s open and law-abiding society, applying the political principle of “one country, two systems” presents a challenge to the Chinese government, particularly regarding its efforts to control media ownership. Focusing on the structure of media ownership in Hong Kong, this paper describes the ways in which the Internet–especially social media–has empowered activists and alternative media by providing a means of avoiding censorship and social control. This paper also describes the Chinese government’s use of political power and capital to censor and shape the media landscape in Hong Kong in order to dampen public interest in politics and influence public opinion. Finally, this paper attempts to identify potential solutions to this problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-376
Number of pages17
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • censorship
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • media ownership
  • political participation
  • social control

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