Freedom of the Press

Switzerland

Switzerland

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

8

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

2

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

5

There is no government control over the many privately owned publications printed in most common languages. Broadcast media are funded through license fees and advertising. Private broadcasters have full editorial freedom. Racist or anti-Semitic expressions are criminalized by the penal code. A correspondent for Al-Jazeera, the independent Arab television station headquartered in Qatar, was denied entry to Switzerland following the September 11 terrorist attack in the United States.