The Role of Media in Antitrust: Evidence from China

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This Article examines the media, a neglected but important
institution that plays a role in influencing Chinese antitrust
enforcement. Drawing from the methodology used in communication
studies, the Article conducted a content analysis of 1,394 news
reports on six high-profile Chinese antitrust investigations from 2008
to 2015. The findings demonstrate that in reporting antitrust
investigations, Chinese media tends to be biased against firms under
investigation. Instead of providing a balanced and objective account
of the story, the media was an effective conduit for amplifying the
populist concern, and aided and abetted the regulator in advancing
its enforcement. The Article argues that such an outcome is driven by
at least three factors: the regulator’s strategic leakage of information
to state-controlled media, the rarity of public dissents of agency
decisions, and the populist pressures for lower prices and
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)473-530
Number of pages58
JournalFordham International Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2018


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