Print media at risk

Switzerland continues to enjoy an impressive level of press freedom and remains attached to public service broadcasting. In a referendum on March 4, 2018, more than 70% of Swiss voters rejected a proposal to abolish the TV license fee, which in effect would have meant the end of public broadcasting. The start of 2018 has nonetheless been marked by a crisis in the print media, resulting in restructuring and a loss of diversity. The media outlets affected include the national news agency ATS, which could lose a quarter of its staff. Rejecting the proposed layoffs, its journalists have gone on strike, which is extremely unusual in Switzerland. They are now awaiting the outcome of a mediation attempt and a federal parliament decision on funding.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



7 in 2017

Global score


12.13 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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