An introduction to the special issue on “Language, Politics and Media: The Hong Kong protests”

Ming Liu, Guofeng Wang

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Protests and social movements have become part of Hong Kong's local politics since the 1970s. However, protests against the proposed extradition bill in 2019?20 turned out to be the most violent political mass movement in Hong Kong after its return to the People's Republic of China in 1997. It not only drew wide international attention but also evoked another round of "news war"over Hong Kong (Lee et al. 2002). This special issue collects six articles which address the representations of the protests in Hong Kong by different parties on different media platforms. Adopting a critical discourse analysis approach, these studies examine discursive strategies employed in media representations of the protests and the ideologies and power struggles at play. It aims to present different perspectives towards the issue and shed light on the complex relations between language, media and politics in the representations of the Hong Kong protests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Issue number1
Early online date29 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2022


  • Corpus linguistics
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Extradition bill
  • Hong Kong
  • Language use
  • Media
  • News discourse
  • Politics
  • Protests
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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