Changes in the ownership structure of the Taiwan media have
given rise to self-censorship (Wu 2012), which has gained greater public attention
after the moderate conservative China Times was purchased by Want Want
Holdings. This company is led by a pro-Beijing businessman, and it consequently
adopted a staunchly pro-China editorial stance. The issue of media freedom has
been extensively debated in Hong Kong, as China has exerted influence on
journalists’ reports and analysis. Freedom of expression and of the press have
deteriorated since the transition period, largely as the consequence of journalists’
self-censorship (Zhang 2006) and the change of media ownership (Fung 2007).
The recent firing and life-threatening attack on a famous Ming Pao editor, wellknown
for his critical stance vis-à-vis the HKSAR and Beijing governments, has
raised fears of China’s more direct involvement (Mullany 2014).
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