• 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.

South Africa: 1948–2012
South Africa: 1948–2012
South Africa Year by Year
YearMediaGovernment
1948Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1949Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1950Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1951Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1952Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1953Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1954Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1955Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1956Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1957Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1958Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1959Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1960Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1961Not FreeAnocracy
1962Not FreeAnocracy
1963Not FreeAnocracy
1964Not FreeAnocracy
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 FreeDemocracy
1993Not FreeDemocracy
1994Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1995Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1996Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1997Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1998Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1999Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2000Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2001Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2002FreeDemocracy
2003FreeDemocracy
2004FreeDemocracy
2005FreeDemocracy
2006FreeDemocracy
2007FreeDemocracy
2008FreeDemocracy
2009Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2010Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2011Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2012Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
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