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Media Ecology and the Politics of Dissent: Representations of the Hong Kong Protests in the Guardian and China Daily.

Veneti, A., Karadimitriou, A. and Poulakidakos, S., 2016. Media Ecology and the Politics of Dissent: Representations of the Hong Kong Protests in the Guardian and China Daily. Social Media and Society, 2 (3), 2056305116662175.

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DOI: 10.1177/2056305116662175


The phenomenon of protests, currently on the rise in worldwide democracies, is made known to citizens mainly through representations in the media. This paper, responding to the need for a broader view of protest media coverage in an international context, examines the ways the 2014 Hong Kong protests were covered by the online versions of two highly influential and appealing newspapers, belonging to contrasting media systems: Guardian and China Daily. By revising a typology of previously used frames and inventing new ones this study conducts a quantitative content analysis of news articles with the view to a) highlight similarities and differences in the media coverage of protests within the above - mentioned media systems, b) find out whether the media coverage of such events with political ramifications is affected by the geopolitical interests of the countries. Based on our analysis, this study suggests the need for revising the protest paradigm as important factors - the protests’ momentum, the media systems, the new information communication technologies and certain geopolitical interests - are involved in the dynamics surrounding media coverage of protests and as such they greatly influence the framing process. Moreover, our findings demonstrated that the media coverage of the 2014 HK protests by the two newspapers was reflective of both the media systems in which they function as well as of the distinctive national standpoints.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:protest; media framing; content analysis; comparative study; Hong Kong protests
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:24743
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Sep 2016 11:53
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:59

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