Most of CIMA's reports are research reports. When we notice a topic relevant to the field of media assistance that needs further exploration, CIMA commissions an expert on that topic to research and write the report.
In cooperation with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, CIMA is pleased to announce the release of the fourth in a series of reports addressing the global spread and growing threat of "soft" censorship-the use by governments of their financial power to pressure news media.
Worldwide, data in digital form is being produced at a dizzying pace, not only by governments, academic institutions, and private enterprises gathering it for their own uses but also as a by-product of millions of routine interactions on computers, cellphones, GPS devices, and other digital tools. Data is rapidly exploding in quantities far vaster than the capacity of civil society, commercial entities, and individual citizens to make sense of it.
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.