Looking beyond the Liberal Lens: News Media as Contested Discursive Space

  • Bingchun Meng
Part of the China in Transformation book series (CIT)


This chapter begins with a critique of the orthodox liberal perspective that is often used to examine news media in China. Against the background of news media commercialization, conglomeration and convergence in China, I draw on in-depth interviews with veteran journalists and senior editors to explicate how the political economy of Chinese news industry conditions the daily work experience as well as the professional identity of media workers. Moving beyond the conventional dichotomy of state censorship vs. repressed media, I try to provide a more complex picture by bringing into discussion the strategic positioning of media outlets themselves, the changing journalistic ethos and the new power dynamics of a converged media environment.


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  • Bingchun Meng
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  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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