• 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.

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