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Freedom of the Press 2003 could not have been completed without the contribution of numerous Freedom House staff and consultants. Freedom House would like to thank the Freedom Forum, the World Press Freedom Committee, and Bette Bao Lord for their generous contributions towards our ongoing work to promote freedom of expression. Additional support for this year's survey was provided by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

This year's survey was written by Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Peter Doran, Jeff Moorhead, Leonard R. Sussman, and Michael Goldfarb. We are grateful for the insights provided by those who served on this year's review team, including Freedom House staff members Jennifer Windsor, Adrian Karatnycky, Arch Puddington, Leonard R. Sussman, and Amanda Schnetzer, as well as Marilyn Greene of the World Press Freedom Committee and Whayne Dillehay of the International Center for Journalists. In addition, the ratings and narratives were reviewed by a number of regional and country analysts, including Martin Edwin Andersen and Michael Gold-Biss (Latin America), Edward McMahon and Cindy Shiner (Africa), Gary Gambill and Mikaela McDermott (Middle East and North Africa), Charles Graybow (Asia), and Aili Piano and Christine Nelson (Eurasia). This report also reflects the findings of the Freedom House study Freedom in the World 2003: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar, a senior researcher at Freedom House, served as managing editor of this year's survey. Overall guidance for the project was provided by Amanda Schnetzer, director of studies, and by Arch Puddington, director of research. Peter Doran and Jeff Moorhead participated in all stages of the report's preparation. Additional assistance was provided by Christina Hartman and Renee Manuel. Anne Green, Greenways Graphic Design, was responsible for the design and layout of the book, while Linda Stern served as the principal copy editor.