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Advocates, experts, and suspects: three images of lawyers in Chinese media reports

Wang, Cheng-Tong Lir; Liu, Sida; Halliday, Terence


Research on the public image of lawyers often focuses on lawyers’ role as advocates and neglects other representations. Based on the content analysis of 669 media reports of Chinese criminal cases between 1979 and 2009, this article provides a typology of lawyers’ media images: as advocates, as experts and as suspects. Even when lawyers are characterized as defenders of suspects, media depictions of their roles are vacuous and lawyers may be considered unnecessary and dispensable. Furthermore,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of the Legal Profession
DOI: 10.1080/09695958.2015.1028942


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