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Effective Gatekeeping for Law-Related News—Based on the Gatekeeper Theory

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DOI: 10.23977/law.2024.030215 | Downloads: 19 | Views: 214


Jialin Liang 1, Bowen Xue 1


1 School of Law, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, 610041, China

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Jialin Liang


The crisis of public confidence in the judiciary, triggered by reports of individual legal incidents, essentially reflects the lack of judicial credibility. However, whether ignoring the public's doubts and directly calming public opinion with a firm hand or sacrificing judicial autonomy and letting public opinion intervene too much in influencing judicial activities are not the best solutions to the problem, and the solution to this dilemma requires a long-term perspective, and how to reshape the judicial credibility in the reporting of news related to the law is indeed the key to the problem. In the face of the impact of the chaos of law-related news reporting on the credibility of the mainstream media and the credibility of the judiciary in the post-truth era, we should analyze and summarize the deficiencies of the mainstream media and the mass media in reporting the gatekeeping of the law-related news reporting in our country and then put forward the solution paths of further perfecting and enriching the fact-checking mechanism and setting up a unified law-related news reporting to achieve the effective gatekeeping to maximize the solution of the problem. To minimize the crisis of public trust in the judiciary that may be brought at by the public opinion shock of individual cases and to further strengthen the accuracy of judicial information and the Judicial authority, we propose two solution paths to achieve effective gate-keeping.


Justice; media; effective gatekeeping; positive interaction


Jialin Liang, Bowen Xue, Effective Gatekeeping for Law-Related News—Based on the Gatekeeper Theory. Science of Law Journal (2024) Vol. 3: 102-108. DOI: 10.23977/law.2024.030215.


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