Media: Press freedom: Switzerland is making progress, but does not protect its journalists enough

Media: Press freedom: Switzerland is making progress, but does not protect its journalists enough
Media: Press freedom: Switzerland is making progress, but does not protect its journalists enough
RSF welcomes a slight improvement in the safety of journalists in Switzerland, after Covid years marked by “unprecedented verbal and sometimes physical attacks” against the media (illustrative image).

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Switzerland ranks ninth out of 180 countries in the world press freedom rankings. It progresses by three ranks compared to 2023. The situation is “rather good”, but the legislative environment does not sufficiently protect journalists, according to RSF.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused Switzerland to fall in this ranking published each year by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). According to the NGO, this year’s progression does not, however, mark “any real progress”. Above all, it marks the decline of three countries which were ahead of Switzerland last year (Lithuania, East Timor and Liechtenstein).

The total number of points obtained by the Confederation is even down very slightly (from 84.4 to 84.01). Berne is particularly penalized by its legislative framework, “very significantly below” other indicators (27th place). RSF points in particular to the banking law which punishes the publication of information protected by banking secrecy.

On a global scale, the NGO notes that journalism is increasingly subject to political pressure.

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