Hong Kong : the rise of a new political force

Iam Chong IP

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The present paper attempts to trace, and offers to contextualise, the development of post-war Hong Kong's independent media, focusing on significant changes in the recent decade. The term "Independent Media" here refers to media operating with editorial and financial resources that are independent from the government or ruling political parties. Most of these media run on a non-commercial basis and are independent from commercial media groups. Such delineation correlates to Hong Kong's media sector by large, which is dominated by corporate groups along with a government-run official broadcasting body. The present paper, however, adopts a less restrictive definition for Independent Media, for as in elsewhere, many of these independent media are relying on government and commercial institutes to a varied extent. Since the 1990s, there have been many small-scale independent media running with government subsidies, and many others engaging in commercial activities (with advertising being a source of income). Independent here is a matter of degree and relevance, the different aspects of which will be expounded in the present paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfo rhizome : report on independent media in the Chinese-speaking world
PublisherHong Kong In-Media
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9789881826428
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009

Bibliographical note

Also published in Chinese (Traditional): 葉蔭聰 (2009)。香港篇:新政治力量。輯於林藹雲、葉蔭聰 (編),《草根不盡 : 華語地區獨立媒體年報2008/09》(頁47-68)。香港:獨立媒體(香港)。


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