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.

Liechtenstein: 1990–2012

Liechtenstein: 1990–2012
Liechtenstein Year by Year

Media Freedom History in a Nutshell

  • Although there is little information about Liechtenstein media, since the country joined the UN in 1990, it is clear that media have been free
  • As of 2009, there were two paid-for daily newspapers with a total average circulation of 20,000 (World Association of Newspaper's 2010 World Newspaper Trends)
  • Despite a local television station and state-run radio station, the country relies heavily on media from neighboring countries
  • As of 2012, about 90 percent of Liechtensteiners had Internet access (International Telecommunication Union's 2012 ICT Indicators Database)

In Brief

The tiny Principality of Liechtenstein is home to about 37,000 and is touted as having one of the “freest media environments in the world.”1 Yet given its small size, Liechtenstein has been overlooked ...

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