Worldwide, however, the movement for a free -- or freer -- press has made strides. In an annual Press Freedom Survey begun in 1978 by Freedom House, they found that at the beginning of 1999, the statistics for press freedom actually recorded gains. While the "free press" category grew by only one percent over the previous decade, the "partly-free press" category had grown 28 percent to 52 countries. Sixty-six countries remained in the "not free press" category.
MULTI-FACETED ISSUES AFFECT FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION
In the U.S., the first e-commerce sales report generated by the Commerce Department will provide a count of internet retail sales, based on a survey of approximately 2,000 web merchants. Policy makers and investors there are voicing displeasure over this unscientific methodology.
Verdict Research estimates that internet shopping will account for nearly three percent of all UK retail sales in 1999. U.S. Fourth Quarter figures will not be available until March.
Magazines often use advertorial pages as bargaining chips to encourage advertisers to buy additional, full-price ad pages. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the competitive world of women's fashion magazines where the number of advertising pages are an especially visible indicator of a magazines success. For example, in an effort to boost ad pages, it was reported that Glamour magazine offered a full page advertorial for advertisers who purchased a regular, full-price ad. The advertorial special was priced at $10,000 to $15,000, while a regular page of advertising went for $92,910. These types of incentive packages are not only good deals for the advertiser, but good deals for publishers, as well, whose bonuses are often tied to ad page growth.
Yet another reason for Western news domination is, quite simply, that the amount and variety of news and information available to Western editors in certain parts of the Third World is limited. As such, limited use is made o