• 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.

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