1st Edition

Media, Internet, and Social Movements in Hong Kong Control and Protest

By Carol P. Lai, Andrew Y. To Copyright 2025
    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the unique story of the ‘recolonization’ of Hong Kong since 2019, this book describes the environment of news gathering and publishing during this period and studies how this has connected to wider political, economic, and social changes.

    Media, Internet and Social Movements in Hong Kong considers the operation of the news media in this divided region to illuminate the unparalleled experience of the transfer of sovereignty of the territory from a liberal democracy to a semi-authoritarian regime. This book examines key aspects of news production that constrain media freedom in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) including the routines and concrete cases of censorship exercised by state authorities; self-censorship by news organisations; and the roles of the Chinese and HKSAR governments as key sources of news. The authors also discuss the norms and values of journalists and citizens in Hong Kong as forces resisting control as well as the popular use of social media in mobilising anti-government protests.

    This compelling text will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of journalism, media, and area studies, particularly those focusing on Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region.


    By Tim Hamlett

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Autonomy Seized, Democracy Denied, and Destiny Failed: How the Chinese Communist Party’s Hong Kong Policy Caused the Early Death of “One Country, Two Systems”

    Chapter 3: Media, Internet and the Civil Movement in Hong Kong: Control and Protest (part 1: control)

    Chapter 4: Media, Internet and Civil movement in Hong Kong: Control and Protest (part 2 protest)

    Chapter 5: Concluding remarks






    Carol P. Lai is a retired Associate Professor in Global Communication Program at Akita International University, Japan.

    Andrew Y. To  is a retired Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.