The primacy of local interests and press freedom in Hong Kong: A survey study of professional journalists
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AbstractPremised on the argument that articulating, representing, and defending local interests is one of the normative roles for the news media, this study examines what we call the primacy of local interests to the Hong Kong media and how concern with local interests relates to the politics of press freedom in the city. More specifically, on issues involving conflict of interests between the local society and its sovereign country, most Hong Kong media have demonstrated their willingness to stand by the local society even though it could mean a need to directly confront China. This study further draws on a representative journalist survey to illustrate how, in terms of Hong Kong journalists' belief system, an orientation toward local interests is tied to liberal political attitudes, beliefs in the media's adversarial role, and perceptions of media self-censorship. The analysis suggests how various kinds of attitudes and beliefs may cluster together to serve as an important force counteracting the pressure to conform to the power center. Implications of the findings and the generality of the notion of the primacy of local interests are discussed.
All Author(s) ListChan JM, Lee FLF
Journal nameJournalism
Volume Number12
Issue Number1
Pages89 - 105
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsjournalists' belief system; local interest; press freedom; professionalism; self-censorship
Web of Science Subject CategoriesCommunication

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