Luxembourg found guilty of violating freedom of the press

The European Court of Human Right has found the Luxembourg state guilty of violating laws guaranteeing the freedom of the press.

Weekly Portuguese paper «Contacto» was granted over 5,600 euros in damages after police confiscated documents from staff offices in 2009, in relation to an article about a child custody case.

As part of the proceedings, two police agents accompanied by an IT technician, seized documents from the «Contacto» offices, a move which prompted publisher Saint-Paul Luxembourg to file charges for the violation of the right of protection of sources.

While a Luxembourg court dismissed these charges, the European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that the Luxembourg state has to pay 5,635 euros to the publisher.