Content Analysis of UK Media about Online Censorship Research Paper

Demonstrates the use of the research methodology of content analysis to study the perceptions of UK mainstream media towards the Chinese censorship of websites.
# 150431 | 2,280 words | 9 sources | 2012 | GB

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This paper explains that the hypothesis for this research is that the British press is biased towards in its reporting of Chinese censorship from the perspective of the threat of cyber attack rather than from the view of issues of censorship itself or its political implications. Next, the author details the process of content analysis research, the primary analysis of the data covering over a hundred recent stories, the quantifization of the data, some of the key findings and trends in the and the analyzes these findings and the research process. The paper emphasises the importance of understanding the limitations of the content analysis model to recognize how it might influence the overall usefulness of the study, which if broadened to include a wider qualitative analysis, would be significantly improved. The content analysis coding schedule is appended to the paper.

From the Paper:

"We must now turn our attention to the overall nature of the study and analyse how this might be flawed. The first point to notice is that the form used for this investigation simplifies the analysis considerably. It is first of all important to bear in mind the changing nature of the the reporting dependent on the specific situation that is occurring at the time. For example, with the recent violence in China erupting in 2009, there was considerable attention brought to the issue, particularly as reports began filtering out of increasing levels of police violence on the streets. This will have a considerable impact as to how the story is reported but this is not included in the model for analysis. As a result of this it is likely that a significant proportion of these articles would have been reported in relation to the violence and political upheaval and would therefore have had this as their key, or at least secondary, emphasis. Therefore the hypothesis is in many ways too simplistic and fails to properly understand the inherent dynamics of the issue. This is highlighted by both Robinson and also acknowledged by Hansen et al."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berger, Arthur. (1998). Media research techniques (2nd ed.). London: Sage Publications.
  • Branigan, Tanya. (2009, July 7). Han Chinese launch revenge attacks on Uighur property. London: The Guardian.
  • Chomsky, Noam. (2002). Media Control: the spectacular achievments of propaganda. New York: Seven Stories Press.
  • Global Internet Freedom Consortium. 2008. Global Internet Freedom: a background. [] (accessed 27/11/2009)
  • Gunter, Barrie. (2000). Media Research Methods. London: Sage Publications.

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