CIMA is pleased to release "By the Numbers: Tracing the Statistical Correlation Between Press Freedom and Democracy," researched and written by Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Freedom House's project director of Freedom of the Press, and journalism professor Lee Becker, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.
It is generally accepted that media freedom is beneficial to democratic and economic development, but the exact nature of this relationship and the direction of causality between press freedom and general freedoms is under-researched. Rigorous and in-depth examinations of the relationship between press freedom and general democracy using the available global datasets have been limited. This study investigates the nature of that relationship using the two leading indices and is an important contribution to a subject that merits further study and analysis.
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