Liechtenstein | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Freedom of the Press 2005

2005 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

14

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

5

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

8

The constitution provides for freedom of the press. Given its small size, sparse media scene, and German-speaking population, Liechtenstein relies primarily on media from neighboring Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. The principality's two daily newspapers, Liechtensteiner Vaterland and Liechtensteiner Volksblatt, openly reflect the views of the two main political parties. A private investor originally funded the main radio station, Radio Liechtenstein. However, after facing financial troubles, the station was sold to the government, which took over as of January 1, 2004. There are two television stations, one private and one state owned. Internet access is open and unrestricted.