What Global Censorship Studies Tell us About Hong Kong’s Media Future

  • Cherian George Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication
Keywords: media systems, authoritarian, censorship, press freedom

Abstract

China imposed a new National Security Law on its Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Hong Kong in mid-2020. The deployment of this legal weapon, combined with other actions of local authorities that have grown noticeably more irritable and vindictive, means that Hong Kong media no longer enjoy the freedom from government restrictions that they had been accustomed to.
Hong Kong has thus joined the ranks of the many societies with media environments that are semifree and semi-closed. These societies’ experiences indicate that arrests and bans, while attracting the most attention, are not what inflict the most damage in the long run. As alarming as the ongoing legal actions are, citizens’ access to information and ideas is more likely to be restricted by less spectacular and coercive means, including economic carrots and sticks that encourage a culture of self-censorship. Such an environment requires new mindsets and skillsets among journalists.

Author Biography

Cherian George, Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication

Cherian George is Professor of Media Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication, and its Associate Dean (Research and Development). He researches hate propaganda and censorship. His books include a forthcoming co-authored volume, Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (MIT Press, 2021, with Sonny Liew).

Published
2021-02-19
How to Cite
Cherian , G. (2021). What Global Censorship Studies Tell us About Hong Kong’s Media Future. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 10(2). Retrieved from https://globalmediajournal.de/index.php/gmj/article/view/11