• 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.

Lithuania: 1991–2012
Lithuania: 1991–2012
Lithuania Year by Year
YearMediaGovernment
1991Not FreeDemocracy
1992Not FreeDemocracy
1993Not FreeDemocracy
1994Not FreeDemocracy
1995Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1996Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1997FreeDemocracy
1998FreeDemocracy
1999FreeDemocracy
2000FreeDemocracy
2001FreeDemocracy
2002FreeDemocracy
2003FreeDemocracy
2004FreeDemocracy
2005FreeDemocracy
2006FreeDemocracy
2007FreeDemocracy
2008FreeDemocracy
2009FreeDemocracy
2010FreeDemocracy
2011FreeDemocracy
2012FreeDemocracy
In Brief

Despite spending the majority of its history as a part of Poland or occupied by either German or Russian empires or states, Lithuania is the most ethnically and linguistically homogeneous of the three Baltic countries. As with many of the other former Soviet states, the media played a key role in the political liberalization that preceded and followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Lithuania declared independence in 1990, and was the first of the Baltic States to be free of Russian troops. Yet the country appears to have endured far more political instability in the post-Soviet period and corruption has been a salient part of that instability.

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