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.

Mexico: 1948–2012

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

Media Freedom History in a Nutshell

  • Although ruled by a single party for decades, Mexico had media that were functionally free
  • As Mexico democratized and launched a war against the drug cartels, violence against journalists increased to the point that media were no longer free in 2010
  • As of 2012, there were 505 paid-for daily newspapers with ...
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