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Appendix B: Journalism Freedom: 1980–2008 (Country Ratings from Freedom House) - Introduction
Since 1980, Freedom House has issued annual reports on the state of journalistic freedom in countries around the world. Based on reports from regional and country authorities—often those in the country in question—the summary analyses allow readers to trace the ups and downs of tensions between media and government, as well as key issues and conflicts, over the period of a generation. This appendix summarizes that information for all the countries that have been tracked by Freedom House; the total number of countries has varied over the years, as has the amount and type of information reported. The aim is to allow the reader to track the growth or decline in freedom of news media over time by individual nation, or regions of the world. Beyond the individual country information, the ratings also show broader trends in different regions of the world. We summarize these trends in the tables that ...