Freedom of the Press

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Freedom of the Press 2007

2007 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

Liechtenstein’s press continued to be one of the freest in the world. Freedom of expression is guaranteed under Article 40 of the 1921 constitution, and no major press freedom violations were reported in 2006. When posters put up under a government-organized antidiscrimination campaign were disfigured, the government recognized the right to free expression but noted that it should not be used in this way. Laws currently being prepared by the government concerning press freedom include one on electronic communication to foster media and to promote smaller media outlets. There were no attacks on the press in 2006.

Liechtenstein has two publicly owned daily newspapers, Liechtensteiner Vaterland and Liechtensteiner Volksblatt; one Sunday paper, Liewo; and the monthly Der Monat. Since it encountered financial troubles in 2004, the former private radio station Radio Liechtenstein is now owned by the government and funded by some commercial revenue. The local TV-Channel Landeskanal broadcasts official information over the cable network. Anyone can submit a request to broadcast material of national relevance. All content has to be authorized by the government. Satellite television is widely viewed. Because of its small size and shared language, Liechtenstein relies heavily on media from neighboring Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The internet is open and unrestricted, and more than 60 percent of the population accessed this medium on a regular basis in 2006. The government has started to publish information online and has established feedback mechanisms.