Belgium | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status


Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The media enjoy strong constitutional protections. Restrictions on libel, pornography, and the promotion of racial or religious discrimination have only a minor effect on press freedom. In July 2003, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of protection of journalists' sources in a case involving police searches of media offices and journalists' homes in 1995. In January, the presenter of Radio Salam, an Arab-language radio station, was arrested for inciting violence against the non-Muslim population. Dual oversight boards seek to maintain balanced reporting on government-controlled radio and television networks. The press is highly concentrated among a few owners.