Freedom of the Press 2004 could not have been completed without the contributions of numerous Freedom House staff and consultants. Freedom House would like to thank the World Press Freedom Committee, the Freedom Forum, and Bette Bao Lord for their generous contributions toward 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, Mark Rosenberg, Jane Stockman, Sarah Repucci, Leigh Tomppert, Aili Piano, Michael Goldfarb, Arch Puddington, Yves Sorokobi, Brian Katulis, Ana Andjelic, Paula Schriefer, Jennifer Whatley, Felicity Amos, Joseph McSpedon, Ignacio Prado, Vanessa Brown, and Ryan Gottschall. Freedom House would also like to thank Ronald Koven, European representative of the World Press Freedom Committee, Jeremy Druker and Dean Cox, and Brian Katulis, for their contributions.
We are grateful for the insights provided by those who served on this year's review team, including Freedom House staff members Jennifer Windsor, Arch Puddington, Christopher Walker, Leonard R. Sussman, and Adrian Karatnycky, as well as Mark Bench and Ronald Koven of the World Press Freedom Committee and Ann Olson of the International Center for Journalists. In addition, the ratings and narratives were reviewed by a number of regional and country analysts, including Charles Graybow (Asia), Martin Edwin Andersen (Latin America), Yves Sorokobi (Africa), Brian Katulis (Middle East and North Africa), and Amanda Schnetzer, Aili Piano, Margarita Assenova, Stuart Kahn, Mike Stone, John Kubiniec, Mike Staresinic, Cristina Guseth, and Roland Kovats (Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union). This report also reflects the findings of the Freedom House study Freedom in the World 2004: 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 Arch Puddington, director of research, and by Christopher Walker, director of studies. Research, editorial, and administrative assistance was provided by Sarah Repucci, Mark Rosenberg, Jane Stockman, Amy Phillips, and Elizabeth Howell. Anne Green, of Greenways Graphic Design, was responsible for the design and layout of the book, while Nancy van Itallie served as the principal copy editor.