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.

Grenada: 1974–2012

Grenada: 1974–2012
Grenada Year by Year
1974Not FreeDemocracy
1975Not FreeDemocracy
1976Not FreeDemocracy
1977Not FreeDemocracy
1978Not FreeDemocracy
1979Not FreeAnocracy
1980Not FreeAnocracy
1981Not FreeAnocracy
1982Not FreeAnocracy
1983Not FreeAnocracy
1984Not FreeDemocracy
1985Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1986Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1987Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1988Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1989Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1990Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1991Imperfectly FreeDemocracy
1992Imperfectly FreeDemocracy

Media Freedom History in a Nutshell

  • Following independence, news media in Grenada were not free—largely due to political instability
  • After a coup and then a U.S. invasion in 1983, elections were held in 1984
  • As Grenada democratized, media became functionally free in 1985
  • Grenada has a several independent newspapers
  • The Grenadian Broadcasting Network (GBN) is partially owned by the government and runs the country's major television and radio stations, and additional stations are privately owned (BBC News Country Profiles)
  • As of 2012, about 42 percent of Grenadians had Internet access (International Telecommunication Union's 2012 ICT Indicators Database)

In Brief

Upon independence, Grenadian news media were not free, largely ...

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