Vanishing media outlets

Switzerland still enjoys an impressive level of media freedom but, partly as a result of the economic crisis, media ownership is increasingly concentrated and the media are undergoing a period of turmoil with one outlet after another disappearing or being restructured. Two weeklies, Die Schweiz am Sonntag and L’Hebdo, disappeared at the start of 2017. Dozens of jobs have disappeared at outlets such as La Tribune de Genève, 24Heures and Le Temps. At the same time, the Swiss public broadcasting system, headed by a corporation known as SRG SSR, is under attack in the federal parliament, where legislators want to limit the scope of its activities and its funding. To top it all, there will be a referendum in 2018 on a “popular initiative” proposal to scrap the annual fee that citizens pay to cover the costs of public broadcasting. If approved, it would be the end of the SRG SSR.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



7 in 2016

Global score


11.76 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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