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Freedom of the Press

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Freedom of the Press 2005

2005 Scores

Press Status

Free

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

11

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

4

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

5

The constitution provides for freedom of the press. In May, after five years of discussion in the grand duchy, the parliament adopted a new press law, which replaces 135-year-old legislation. The press law improves journalists' rights and provides for the protection of sources. According to the European Federation of Journalists, the passing of the new law was an important success for press freedom following attempts by a large publishing house to bring down the board of the Luxembourg Association of Journalists.

Media policy is very liberal, which has led Luxembourg to serve as a provider of broadcast services for audiences across Europe. Government-run media outlets are minor; RTL, a locally owned media conglomerate, dominates the broadcast media. RTL's radio stations have broadcast in France and Germany for decades. As other countries have liberalized their own media markets, this role has decreased in recent years, leaving Luxembourg with less revenue for its small domestic market. Newspapers and magazines present a wide variety of viewpoints, but their financial viability depends on support from political parties and trade unions. Large government media subsidies are intended to prevent closures, and many broadcasters operate only for a few hours a day. Internet access is unrestricted.