Media discourses in Hong Kong: Change in representation of human rights

Winnie Cheng, Phoenix Lam

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This study examines the change in the representation of human rights issues in a corpus containing over 5,000 articles collected from a leading English newspaper in Hong Kong in two periods before and after the change of sovereignty in 1997 using Sinclair's (Textus 9: 75-106, 1996, Trust the text, Routledge, 2004) lexical item. The analysis of instances of the phrase 'human rights' in the corpus as a lexical item shows that the newspaper in question has changed its representation of human rights issues, particularly in China and Hong Kong, over the decade. This reflects an ideological shift in the newspaper's stance in response to the current situations in both local and world politics, and that human rights concerns are not merely a nationalistic, but also a culturally dynamic phenomenon. KG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-527
Number of pages21
JournalText and Talk
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • Hong Kong
  • human rights
  • ideological shift
  • lexical item
  • media discourse
  • word co-selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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