Freedom of the Press - Luxembourg (2007)
|Publication Date||2 May 2007|
|Cite as||Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Luxembourg (2007), 2 May 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/478cd52d3a.html [accessed 24 May 2015]|
Legal Environment: 2 (of 30)
Political Environment: 3 (of 40)
Economic Environment: 7 (of 30)
Total Score: 12 (of 100)
(Lower scores = freer)
Luxembourg, one of the world's richest countries, retained its open media environment in 2006. Freedom of speech and of the press are safeguarded under Article 24 of the constitution and are respected in practice, although no freedom of information legislation is currently in place. An independent press council deals with press complaints and ethical questions. Owing to an extremely liberal media policy and a long tradition of providing television and radio services to European audiences, Luxembourg has a rich and diverse media whose influence goes beyond its borders. Exemplary of the free and open press environment that exists in Luxembourg, no journalists were subject to violent attacks or harassment in 2006.
Dailies are printed in Luxembourgish, German, and French, and one weekly publishes in Portuguese. Newspapers represent diverse viewpoints and are privately owned, though state subsidies protect presses from closing. Broadcast media are highly concentrated, dominated by the local group RTL. Luxembourg is also home to the largest European satellite operator. There is only one public broadcasting station, CLT. Many broadcasters operate only a few hours a day. There are two national and four regional broadcasters as well as several local radio stations. The internet is open and unrestricted, with an estimated 300,000 users, or 68 percent of the population.