• 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.

Nepal: 1948–2012
Nepal: 1948–2012
Nepal Year by Year
YearMediaGovernment
1948No MediaAnocracy
1949No MediaAnocracy
1950No MediaAnocracy
1951No MediaAutocracy
1952No MediaAutocracy
1953No MediaAutocracy
1954No MediaAutocracy
1955No MediaAutocracy
1956No MediaAutocracy
1957No MediaAnocracy
1958No MediaAnocracy
1959No MediaAnocracy
1960Not FreeAutocracy
1961Not FreeAutocracy
1962Not FreeAutocracy
1963Not FreeAutocracy
1964Not FreeAutocracy
1965Not FreeAutocracy
1966Not FreeAutocracy
1967Not FreeAutocracy
1968Not FreeAutocracy
1969Not FreeAutocracy
1970Not FreeAutocracy
1971Not FreeAutocracy
1972Not FreeAutocracy
1973Not FreeAutocracy
1974Not FreeAutocracy
1975Not FreeAutocracy
1976Not FreeAutocracy
1977Not FreeAutocracy
1978Not FreeAutocracy
1979Not FreeAutocracy
1980Imperfectly FreeAutocracy
1981Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1982Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1983Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1984Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1985Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1986Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1987Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1988Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1989Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1990Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1991Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1992Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1993Not FreeAnocracy
1994Not FreeAnocracy
1995Not FreeAnocracy
1996Not FreeAnocracy
1997Not FreeAnocracy
1998Not FreeAnocracy
1999Not FreeDemocracy
2000Not FreeDemocracy
2001Not FreeDemocracy
2002Not FreeAutocracy
2003Not FreeAutocracy
2004Not FreeAutocracy
2005Not FreeAutocracy
2006Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2007Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2008Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2009Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2010Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2011Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2012Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
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