How Do Chinese Media Frame Arab Uprisings: A Content Analysis

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How Do Chinese Media Frame Arab Uprisings: A Content Analysis


  • Shiming Hu School of Journalism and communication, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Weipeng Hou School of Journalism and communication, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Jinghong Xu School of Journalism and communication, Beijing Normal University, China


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Abstract:  Employing content analysis, this study compares the coverage of the Arab uprisings by the People’s Daily (the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China) and Caixin Net (a typical commercial media) with statements from the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the last decade. It shows that the overall attention given to Arab uprisings in the People’s Daily and Caixin Net declined during the period, but there were shifts in the framing of the conflicts, presentation of issues, and positions. The article demonstrates and analyses how the approach and outline of the conflicts in the People’s Daily changed from disaster to criticism, and then to comparison—its position towards the events generally negative—and how Caixin Net moved from a disaster to a contextual framing of the events, its position tending to be neutral.

Keywords:  Arab uprisings; Chinese media; content analysis; news framing

Published:   17 December 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v9i4.4466


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