Roger Infalt & Ines Kurschat of the Luxembourg Press Council and Luc Caregaro of the Association of Journalists.
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The Luxembourg Press Council and the Association of Luxembourg Journalists have spoken out against the government, criticizing the DP-LSAP-Déi Gréng coalition for the lack of protection for whistleblowers and the difficulty journalists often have in accessing information, it was reported by our colleagues at Paperjam on 7 August 2018.
“The latter is a very important to the media to be able to do a good job,” said press council president Ines Kurschat. “Journalists should have access to certain documents and make copies, and this should be written press law.”
To this end, in 2015, prime minister Xavier Bettel presented a new law on the transparency of government administrations. However, given that officials have two months to provide the requested information, according to the press council, this does not help journalists.
“The deadlines are simply too long,” said Roger Infalt, the Press Council’s general secretary, “the press cannot function properly in this way."
President of the Association of Journalists, Luc Caregaro, said he was unhappy about the lack of protection for whistleblowers, “The law requires whistleblowers to contact the company first and then a mediator. Only then can they inform the press. Practices that are difficult to implement in real life.”