Covid-19 hasn’t helped

On the whole, the political and legislative environment for the media in Switzerland favours press freedom and is very safe for journalists, but the diversity of the Swiss media, traditionally high in comparison with other countries, has been badly hit by the turmoil in the media market resulting from the digital revolution. Its effects are particularly felt in Switzerland, a small, decentralised country with several linguistic regions that each constitute a distinct market for the media. The pandemic hasn’t helped. The Swiss media have seen a collapse in advertising earnings, resulting in the closure of several local newspapers and forcing many others to take economic measures that have undermined the quality and diversity for the news they provide. The Swiss authorities are aware of the need to quickly provide the media with financial aid but have encountered resistance of an ideological nature in the federal parliament.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



8 in 2020

Global score


10.62 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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