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Limits To Propaganda: Hong Kong's Leftist Media In The Cold War And Beyond

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This chapter examines the actual operations of leftist media in a locale where the divide between the communist and non-communist was complex and ambiguous. In the highly ideologized Cold War era, mass media was frequently a useful tool to pursue political ends. Hong Kong under British rule occupied a special niche in the geopolitical configuration before and during the Cold War. This work could not be carried out directly by the Hong Kong branch of Xinhua, for it operated no publishing business apart from a small section that functioned as a real news agency, &t;little Xinhua.&t; Two daily newspapers, both of which originated on the mainland and began Hong Kong editions during or after the war, became the voice of the People's Republic. Ideology's potency for shaping reality in Hong Kong was diminished by its dynamic interactions with forces from multiple centers and through changes worked out locally.

Keywords: Cold War; Hong Kong; leftist media; People's Republic; Xinhua



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