LuxLeaks - final episode

Luxembourg’s image was again not helped by the court of cassation’s refusal in January 2018 to grant whistleblower status to Raphaël Halet, one of the two former PwC employees responsible for the leak that exposed the Grand Duchy’s gigantic system of tax avoidance for multinationals. The court had nonetheless granted this status to his fellow whistleblower and former PwC colleague, Antoine Deltour, thereby quashing his 2017 conviction and his six-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 1,500 euros. Although French journalist Édouard Perrin, the first reporter to cover the story, was acquitted both at the original trial and on appeal, it was clear that Luxembourg was more concerned about deterring media coverage of its tax avoidance facilities than protecting the public’s right to information.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



15 in 2017

Global score


14.72 in 2017

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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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