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Contributing Authors

Martin Edwin "Mick" Andersen is an investigative reporter and historian. He has worked as a special correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post in Argentina, a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and senior adviser for policy planning with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department. He served as the South America analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ashley Esarey is a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University and an assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College. His dissertation research focused on the mass media and legitimization of Chinese Communist Party rule, and he has done extensive field research on Chinese print media content. He served as the East Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Thomas W. Gold is an adjunct professor of political science at the City University of New York. He is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Sacred Heart University and the author of The Lega Nord and Contemporary Politics in Italy.  He earned his PhD from the New School for Social Research and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy in 1996 and 1997. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Michael Goldfarb is senior press officer at Freedom House. He has worked as a reporter in Israel for United Press International and as a writer for Time.com, the Web site of Time magazine. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Amy Hawthorne is an independent consultant specializing in Arab politics and democracy promotion in the Middle East. Previously, as an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she was the founding editor of the endowment's Arab Reform Bulletin. She served as the North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Diana Howansky is a staff associate at the Ukrainian Studies Program of Columbia University. She holds an MA in international affairs, with a specialization in Russian Area and East European Studies, from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked in the field of democratic development in various countries in the former Soviet Union. She served as a former Soviet Union analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ana Jelenkovic is a research intern at Freedom House. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University. She has worked on Balkan human rights issues at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Harriman Institute and the Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University, the Open Society Institute, and Freedom House's Belgrade office. She served as a Balkans/Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar is a senior researcher at Freedom House and editor of the Freedom of the Press survey. She has authored reports and conducted fact-finding missions on press freedom, human rights, and governance issues to a number of countries in Africa and South Asia. She holds a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University and previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. She served as a South Asia and Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Brian M. Katulis is an analyst and public opinion research consultant who has worked on democracy and governance projects in the Middle East, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.  His experience includes work on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State and the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Daniel Kimmage received his BA from Binghamton University and his MA from Cornell University. He has been the Central Asia analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty since December 2003. He served as the Central Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Eric Loo, PhD, is head of postgraduate studies, School of Journalism & Creative Writing, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has worked as a journalist, educator, and trainer in Asia and Australia. His current research interests include comparative media systems, "Asian" media practice, and the influence of satellite imagery in the reporting of global conflicts. Eric is editor of a refereed journal, Asia Pacific Media Educator. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Crispin C. Maslog is a visiting professor, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A former journalist with Agence France-Presse's Manila bureau, he got his PhD in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. He was the founding director of the School of Communication, Silliman University, in Dumaguete City, Philippines, and has written or edited 20 books on communications and journalism. He served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Folu Folarin Ogundimu is a professor of journalism and senior research associate for Afrobarometer at Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in mass communication from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is coeditor of Media and Democracy in Africa. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Dapo Olorunyomi is Freedom House project director for Nigeria. A former newspaper editor, he has done extensive investigative reports on human rights violations by the former military dictatorship in Nigeria. His work earned him the PEN Freedom to Write Award (1996) and the International Editors Award (1995). He was previously media program officer at the Open Society Institute and the Africa program director with the Panos Institute in Washington, D.C. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Amy Phillips is a research assistant at Freedom House focusing on governance and United Nations reform issues. She previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and holds a BA in philosophy and politics from New York University. She served as a Pacific Islands analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and coeditor of Freedom in the World. He has written widely on American foreign policy, race relations, organized labor, and the history of the Cold War. He is the author of Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor. He served as the United States analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sarah Repucci is a senior researcher at Freedom House and coeditor of Freedom House's Countries at the Crossroads survey of governance. She holds an MA in European politics from New York University. She has conducted research in Western Europe and Turkey and has written articles on Turkey's bid for European Union membership and transatlantic cooperation. She served as a Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

David Robie is associate professor in journalism in the School of Communication Studies at New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology. He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he was former coordinator of the Pacific region journalism program. Robie has written several books on Pacific media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics and Education. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Rick Rockwell is associate professor of journalism at American University.  He is the coauthor of Media Power in Central America, which was named one of the best books of 2003 by the American Library Association.  He has worked on assignment for PBS, ABC News, the Baltimore Sun, and other organizations during more than 25 years in journalism. He served as a Central America analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Mark Yaron Rosenberg is a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of democratization, with regional emphases on Southern Africa and the Middle East. He served as an Africa and Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Yves Sorokobi is an award-winning journalist and human rights professional. An analyst and commentator on Africa's democratization process, he has worked as Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists and as a senior communications consultant with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as an Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Winifred Tate is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University.  She is the author of numerous reports and articles on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America; her dissertation, completed at New York University, examines political culture and human rights activism in Colombia. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sanja Tatic is a research assistant at Freedom House. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University and has previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her research interests focus on problems of democratic transition and consolidation in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Alex Taurel is a research intern at Freedom House. He holds a BA in Spanish from Cornell University. His experience includes positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, General Wesley Clark's presidential campaign, and the office of Senator Evan Bayh. He served as a Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Grace Virtue is a writer and executive communications manager at Howard University, Washington, D.C. She holds a PhD in communications from Howard and a BA in journalism from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She served as the Caribbean analyst for Freedom of the Press.


Ratings Review Advisers

Jon B. Alterman is director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University, and he has worked on the personal staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and on the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State. He is the author of New Media, New Politics? From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World.

Robert Buckman is an associate professor of communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is co-chair of the International Journalism Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists and is an associate member of the Inter American Press Association. Since 1997, he has authored Latin America, an annually revised reference book in the World Today series. He holds a PhD in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Chile in 1991.

Festus Eribo is professor of international communication and head of African studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his MA from St. Petersburg State University and has worked as a journalist in Africa and Russia. Eribo has authored five books, including Press Freedom and Communication in Africa and Window on Africa: Democratization and Media Exposure.

Marilyn Greene is an independent media consultant based in Washington, D.C. She served for seven years as executive director of the World Press Freedom Committee and for several years prior as an international affairs reporter for USA Today, covering conflicts in Somalia, Kuwait, and Haiti as well as situations throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a former fellow at the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center in Honolulu.
 
Shelton Gunaratne is a professor of mass communication at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He holds a PhD in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. He was a journalist in Sri Lanka when he came to the United States in 1966 as a fellow of the World Press Institute. He is the author of The Dao of the Press: A Humanocentric Theory and editor of the Handbook of the Media in Asia.

Thomas R. Lansner teaches on international media and policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and has served as a consultant to numerous nongovernmental groups. He conducts seminars for media practitioners on human rights, conflict, and election coverage and trains human rights advocates in media skills. For 10 years until 1990, Lansner was a correspondent, principally in Africa and Asia, for the London Observer and other media outlets.

Bettina Peters is director of programs at the European Journalism Center. Before joining the EJC, she worked for 10 years at the International Federation of Journalists in Brussels. She holds degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Hamburg and is the author of the chapter entitled "Ethics of Journalists" for the Council of Europe book Media and Democracy.

Byron T. Scott is professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  He is a former newspaper and magazine journalist. His special area of interest is the media in transitional nations of the former Soviet bloc.