June 30 marks the first anniversary of Beijing’s promulgation of Hong Kong’s new national security law. While containing assurances that human rights and press freedom would be protected, the NSL amounted to the single most significant shift in the territory’s legal order since its return to China, and heralded a year of unprecedented incursions into Hong Kong’s media freedoms. Our roundtable of academic experts will attempt to make sense of the tectonic shifts in Hong Kong’s media environment, placing the tumultuous events of recent months in a broader political and global context, and contemplating how journalists and their publics might adapt to — and shape — the emerging media and communication terrain.

WHEN: Monday 21 June, 3–4:30pm

WHERE: Online on Zoom. Register below.

BACKGROUND READING: See our handout prepared for this session, Incidents concerning Hong Kong’s media freedom from state power, 1 July 2020 – 17 June 2021


Edmund W. Cheng is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include contentious politics, political sociology, public opinion survey, Hong Kong politics and global China. He co-edited books include An Epoch of Social Movements (2018) and The Umbrella Movement: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong (2019). Winner of the Gordon White Prize, Dr. Cheng has been the principal investigator of Hong Kong for the World Values Survey since 2017.

Kingwa Fu  is an Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of Hong Kong University. His research interests centre on China’s information governance, media and political participation, computational social sciences, health and the media, and media use by the younger generation. He was a visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar in 2016-2017. He is the Principal Investigator of Weiboscope, WeChatscope, and ANTIELAB Research Data Archive.

Francis LF Lee is Professor and Director of the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. An expert in political communication and media and social movement, Prof. Lee’s research includes postmaterialism in Hong Kong, media and collective memory of political events, and press freedom and political change. He is the winner of multiple academic honours and awards including Gene Burd Award. His books include Media and protest logics in the digital era: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement (co-authored with Joseph Man, 2018).

Luwei Rose Luqiu is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Hong Kong Baptist University’s MA in International Journalism Studies. As an international journalist and a political communication researcher, Dr. Luqiu’s writings on Chinese politics, both journalistic and academic, have been widely recognized. Her monograph Propaganda, Media, and Nationalism in Mainland China and Hong Kong was published in 2018. Her recent journal articles include a study of sexism against female journalists covering the Hong Kong protests.

Marko M Skoric  is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on new media and social change, with an emphasis on the civic and political implications of new communication technologies. A member of editorial boards of Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and  New Media & Society,  Dr. Skoric chairs the International Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government Asia (CeDEM Asia).


Cherian George is a Professor at the Department of Journalism and Associate Dean (Research and Development) of Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication. His academic research and writing centre on media and politics, media freedom and censorship, and hate propaganda. His latest book is Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship (with Sonny Liew).

Janet Lo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research interests focus on political communication, new media,  journalism, cultural studies, critical studies in mass communication and new media. A former journalist, Dr. Lo teaches courses including news editing, journalism and communication theory, and new media and online communication..


School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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