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Freedom of the Press

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

12

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

3

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

The government has a very liberal media policy, which has helped the country serve as a provider of broadcast services for pan-European audiences. This role has decreased as other countries have liberalized their media markets, thus leaving Luxembourg with less revenue for its small domestic market. Newspapers and magazines present a diverse spectrum of viewpoints, but financial viability depends on support from political parties and trade unions. The government subsidizes media heavily to prevent closures, and many broadcasters operate only for a few hours a day. Government-run media outlets are minor; RTL, a locally-owned media conglomerate dominates the broadcast media.