• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Scholars of international relations and international communications view the extent of media freedom from country to country as a key comparative indicator either by itself or in correlation with other indices of national political and economic development. This indicator serves as a bellwether for gauging the health and spread of democracy.

Historical Guide to World Media Freedom is a new reference from CQ Press that brings together comprehensive historical data on media freedom since World War II. It provides consistent and comparable measures of media freedom in all independent countries for the years 1948 to the present. The work also includes country-by country summaries, analyses of historical and regional trends in media freedom, and extensive reliability analyses of media freedom measures.

The key information provided is designed to help researchers connect these historical measures of media freedom to Freedom House's annual Freedom of the Press survey release, enabling them to extend their studies back before the 1980s when Freedom House began compiling global press freedom measures.

The reference covers three major areas

-introductory chapters discuss the theoretical premises behind the nature and importance of media freedom, operational definitions of media freedom, the challenges of compiling reliable measures, historical trends, and the challenges of coding for media freedom in a way that ensures consistency for comparison.

-the heart of the book includes alphabetical, country-by-country summaries of the ebb and flow of media freedom paired with national media freedom measures over time. This is essential reading for researchers to connect the dots in understanding global media freedom.

-concluding material provides a detailed discussion of the historical patterns in media freedom, consideration of how media freedom tracks with other cross-national indicators, and discussion of the reliability of the information available on media freedom.

Accessible to both students and scholars alike, this groundbreaking new reference will be essential to collections in political science, international studies, and journalism and communications.

Liberia: 1948–2012
Liberia: 1948–2012
Liberia Year by Year
YearMediaGovernment
1948Not FreeAutocracy
1949Not FreeAutocracy
1950Not FreeAutocracy
1951Not FreeAutocracy
1952Not FreeAutocracy
1953Not FreeAutocracy
1954Not FreeAutocracy
1955Not FreeAutocracy
1956Not FreeAutocracy
1957Not FreeAutocracy
1958Not FreeAutocracy
1959Not FreeAutocracy
1960Not FreeAutocracy
1961Not FreeAutocracy
1962Not FreeAutocracy
1963Not FreeAutocracy
1964Not FreeAutocracy
1965Not FreeAutocracy
1966Not FreeAutocracy
1967Not FreeAutocracy
1968Not FreeAutocracy
1969Not FreeAutocracy
1970Not FreeAutocracy
1971Not FreeAutocracy
1972Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1973Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1974Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1975Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1976Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1977Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1978Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1979Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1980Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1981Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1982Not FreeAutocracy
1983Not FreeAutocracy
1984Not FreeAutocracy
1985Not FreeAutocracy
1986Not FreeAutocracy
1987Not FreeAutocracy
1988Not FreeAutocracy
1989Not FreeAutocracy
1990Not FreeInterregnum
1991Not FreeInterregnum
1992Not FreeInterregnum
1993Not FreeInterregnum
1994Not FreeInterregnum
1995Not FreeInterregnum
1996Not FreeIn Transition
1997Not FreeAnocracy
1998Not FreeAnocracy
1999Not FreeAnocracy
2000Not FreeAnocracy
2001Not FreeAnocracy
2002Not FreeAnocracy
2003Not FreeIn Transition
2004Not FreeIn Transition
2005Not FreeIn Transition
2006Not FreeDemocracy
2007Not FreeDemocracy
2008Not FreeDemocracy
2009Not FreeDemocracy
2010Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2011Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2012Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
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