Freedman and Richard Shafer, University of North Dakota are editors of the collection of essays After the Czars and Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia (Michigan State University Press).
Freedman, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is associate professor of journalism and associate dean of International Studies & Programs at Michigan State University. Shafer is a professor of journalism at the University of North Dakota.
Freedman will be participating in a special session at AEJMC this summer in Chicago that highlights his and Shafer's work and the process by which their monograph emerged.
About 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.
About the Tankard Book Award
The Standing Committee on Research administers the Tankard Book Award competition for AEJMC. Authors who are AEJMC members may self-nominate any first-edition scholarly monograph, edited collection, or textbook published the current year of call that is relevant to journalism and mass communication. Nominated books can be co-authored or co-edited, and must be well-written and break new ground.
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The Association’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.