Professionalism, political orientation, and perceived self-censorship: A survey study of Hong Kong journalists
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摘要This article discusses self-censorship in the Hong Kong media. After a brief overview of the problem, the study specifically examines the factors underlying professional journalists' perceptions of self-censorship. It is argued that journalists would perceive an action in a specific situation as self-censorship only if they have their own independent judgments of how a journalist should act in that situation. The independent judgments are, in turn, based on both journalists' sense of professionalism and their personal political views. Hence this study posits that Hong Kong journalists' perceptions of self-censorship are grounded partly in their professional norms, partly in their own personal political attitudes, and partly in the distance between their own political attitudes and the editorial stances Of the news organizations that they work for Data derived from a representative survey of professional journalists in Hong Kong show that they perceived self-censorship as widespread, were generally liberal in their own political outlook, and perceived themselves as more liberal than the news organizations they were working for More importantly, the findings support the hypothesized relationships among perceived self-censorship, professional norms, and political attitudes. The results thus suggest that, for the Hong Kong media, both professional norms and journalists' largely liberal political outlook are important forces counteracting the pressure to conform to the power center Other implications of the findings are also discussed.
著者Lee FLF, Chan JM
期刊名稱Issues & Studies
出版年份2008
月份3
日期1
卷號44
期次1
出版社Institute of International Relations
頁次205 - 238
國際標準期刊號1013-2511
電子國際標準期刊號2529-802X
語言英式英語
關鍵詞Hong Kong; political attitudes; press freedom; professional norms; self-censorship
Web of Science 學科類別Area Studies; AREA STUDIES; Government & Law; International Relations; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; Political Science; POLITICAL SCIENCE

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