8 Hong Kong

Since July 1, 1997, Hong Kong has been part of China again. But it remains different, the example for all the world to see of the Chinese ideal of ‘two countries one system’. But in journalistic terms, as well as in many others, Hong Kong still remains separate, and different.

Chinese journalism in general differs in many respects from that of the West. Crucially, journalism in China is mainly supposed to guide public opinion in the direction favoured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): journalism functions as the mouthpiece of the Party (Cao Qing, 2000). Hong Kong journalism is fundamentally and proudly western in its traditions and beliefs with a high degree of prominence given to the freedom to report without fear or favour. ...

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