• 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.

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