• 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.

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