• Rani Ann Balaraman School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Gelugor, Malaysia
  • Loh Mei Ling School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Gelugor, Malaysia


Hong Kong protest 2019 is among many major events held to protest for amendment of Extradition Law in Hong Kong. Many media platforms covered this issue as it gained popularity, and one of them was South China Morning Post (SCMP). SCMP is a press owned by Alibaba group, which is said to have close ties with the Chinese Central Government. However, the credibility of this press has declined since 2013 based on a public survey done by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Therefore, this study aims to look at the news reporting on 2019 Hong Kong protest in SCMP and the stance of the press on this issue by using qualitative content analysis methodology. In order to achieve the study’s objectives, Framing Theory proposed by Tankard is used to gain an in depth understanding on this matter. Evidently, the findings of this study found that the stance of SCMP in Hong Kong Protest 2019 is to bring negative perspective towards their readers. In other words, it is more likely to report violent scenes or conflict between the people involved rather than posting stories with positive or neutral point of views. This could immensely navigate the readers to certain perspectives in understanding the Hong Kong Protest 2019.


Keywords: Alibaba group; content analysis; Hong Kong protest; Framing theory; South China Morning Post


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How to Cite
Balaraman, R. A., & Loh Mei Ling. (2022). SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: A STUDY ON HONG KONG PROTEST 2019 . Asian People Journal (APJ), 5(2), 125-136.