How to play the game of intellectual property rights in China: the impact of party affiliation and media location on the use of media frames

Jing Liu, Zhengyu Yao

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Abstract

This paper explores the dynamic between media and social-political forces through a content analysis of Chinese media coverage of intellectual property rights (IPRs) since China's accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001. We examined how media attributes, such as party affiliation and media location, have influenced the use of media frames. Three media frames were extracted from previous studies: (1) national interest; (2) cost and benefit; and (3) legal/contractual. Our results demonstrate that both media attributes exert significant influence on the use of media frames in IPRs coverage: the closer a news organization is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, the more likely it would adopt a national interest frame. Moreover, national press and party newspapers are more likely to adopt the national interest frame in covering IPRs-related issues; whereas, regional/popular and professional press are more likely to report the IPRs-related issues from economic and legal perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-392
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • content analysis
  • framing
  • globalization studies
  • journalism
  • newspaper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education

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