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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.

Dominican Republic: 1948–2012
Dominican Republic: 1948–2012
Dominican Republic Year by Year
1948Not FreeAutocracy
1949Not FreeAutocracy
1950Not FreeAutocracy
1951Not FreeAutocracy
1952Not FreeAutocracy
1953Not FreeAutocracy
1954Not FreeAutocracy
1955Not FreeAutocracy
1956Not FreeAutocracy
1957Not FreeAutocracy
1958Not FreeAutocracy
1959Not FreeAutocracy
1960Not FreeAutocracy
1961Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1962Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1963Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1964Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1965Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1966Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1967Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1968Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1969Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1970Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1971Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1972Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1973Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1974Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1975Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1976Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1977Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1978FreeDemocracy
1979FreeDemocracy
1980FreeDemocracy
1981FreeDemocracy
1982FreeDemocracy
1983FreeDemocracy
1984FreeDemocracy
1985FreeDemocracy
1986FreeDemocracy
1987FreeDemocracy
1988FreeDemocracy
1989FreeDemocracy
1990FreeDemocracy
1991FreeDemocracy
1992FreeDemocracy
1993FreeDemocracy
1994Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1995Imperfectly FreeAnocracy
1996Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1997FreeDemocracy
1998FreeDemocracy
1999FreeDemocracy
2000FreeDemocracy
2001FreeDemocracy
2002Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2003Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2004Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2005Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2006Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2007Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2008Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2009Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2010Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2011Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
2012Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
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