Information differentiation, commercialization and legal reform : The rise of a three-dimensional state-media regime in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-432
Journal / PublicationJournalism Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


Scholars have recognized the importance of commercial news media in disseminating diversified information to challenge state censorship. However, these observations fail to explain adequately how and why the authoritarian regime in China is able to strengthen its capacity to control information even after information flourished dramatically since the 1990s. From a state perspective, I argue that besides disseminating information, commercialization also differentiates informational and state-media conflict, which transforms the previous single-dimensional state-media regime into a three-dimensional one. During this process, the development of the court system and the labor market have played a significant role in shaping state-media dynamics and offer the state the structural resilience to survive these information challenges. The implications of the new state-media regime are further discussed. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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  • authoritarian regime, information differentiation, journalism, legal reform, media commercialization