After the Czars and Commissars
Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia
From Czarism and Bolshevism to the current post-communist era, the media in Central Asia has been tightly constrained. Though the governments in the region assert that a free press is permitted to operate, research has shown this to be untrue. In all five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, the media has been controlled, suppressed, punished, and often outlawed. This enlightening collection of essays investigates the reasons why these countries have failed to develop independent and sustainable press systems. It documents the complex relationship between the press and governance, nation-building, national identity, and public policy. In this book, scholars explore the numerous and broad-reaching implications of media control in a variety of contexts, touching on topics such as Internet regulation and censorship, press rights abuses, professional journalism standards and self-censorship, media ownership, ethnic newspapers, blogging, Western broadcasting into the region, and coverage of terrorism.
Publication Date: June 1st, 2011
400 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Eric Freedman is Associate Professor of Journalism and Assistant Dean of International Studies & Programs at Michigan State University.
Richard Shafer is Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate mass media courses.