Media Freedom Data

Global Media Freedom Dataset, 1948-2014

When using this dataset, please cite the following article:

Whitten-Woodring, Jenifer and Douglas A. Van Belle. 2015. "The Correlates of Media Freedom: An Introduction of the Global Media Freedom Dataset.” Political Science Research and Methods, FirstView Article/December 2015. DOI 10.1017/psrm.2015.68, Published online: 02 December 2015. Available HERE

For more information about the evolution and devolution of media freedom in individual countries from 1948 to 2012, see this book:


Whitten-Woodring, Jenifer and Douglas A. Van Belle. 2014. Historical Guide to World Media Freedom: A Country-by-Country Analysis. Sage/CQ Press.


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Guidelines for Using the Global Media Freedom Dataset

Global Media Freedom Dataset: 1948-2012 CSV