Human Rights Media Coverage in Chinese East Asia

David P Fan, Jennifer Ostini

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An analysis was made of mass media coverage originating in four Chinese-speaking regions of the world—the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The analysis was of coverage of human rights of three types: civil and political; social and economic; and due process. Rights were also scored as to whether they pertained to individuals and businesses. One finding was that civil-political rights were emphasized in regions with the greatest exposure to the West, while regions with less exposure focused on social-economic rights. Another result was that, as ideas about human rights diffused in regions, due process rights were increasingly discussed in the media. A further finding was that much of the press coverage that used the term “human rights” involved rhetorical responses to Western criticisms without articulating specific ideas about rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalThe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1999


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