Freedom of the Press - Luxembourg (2006)

Publisher Freedom House
Publication Date 27 April 2006
Cite as Freedom House, Freedom of the Press - Luxembourg (2006), 27 April 2006, available at: [accessed 12 December 2018]
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Status: Free
Legal Environment: 1
Political Influences: 3
Economic Pressures: 7
Total Score: 11

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 78
Religious Groups: Roman Catholic (87 percent), Protestant (13 percent), other [including Jewish and Muslim] (10 percent)
Ethnic Groups: Celtic, Portuguese, Italian, Slavs, other
Capital: Luxembourg

Freedom of speech and of the press are safeguarded under Article 24 of the constitution; however, Luxembourg does not have freedom of information legislation. In April 2005, the Luxembourg Association of Journalists held a conference on copyright issues to discuss further expanding freedoms that were introduced with the passage of the 2004 Press Protection Law. For a country of its size, Luxembourg has a rich and diverse media whose influence goes beyond its borders. 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 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.

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