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The Invisible Scissors

Media Freedom and Censorship in Switzerland

by Marc Höchli (Author)
©2010 Thesis 359 Pages

Summary

A watchdog, a genuine fourth estate working in the service of a free and liberal democracy, diverse and discursive: this is what we expect of the media. This is how most of the media present themselves: altruistic, serving the interests of res publica and public opinion and promoting democratic discourse. And this is how most Swiss people see their media.
Yet, does the shining image correspond to reality? Or are the much-praised journalistic Elysium of Switzerland and the diversity and quality of the Swiss media tarnished? And to what extent is freedom of the media guaranteed?
This research into the mass media of Switzerland highlights the current threats to the freedom of the media and identifies the scissors of censorship. It scrutinizes the power of advertising, the battle for market share, the infiltration of PR agencies into editorial offices, the quality of journalistic training, self-censorship and infotainment as the supreme credo. The findings show that freedom of the media in Switzerland is severely jeopardised.

Details

Pages
359
Year
2010
ISBN (PDF)
9783035100976
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034303897
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0351-0097-6
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (February)
Keywords
Politische Soziologie (Mediensoziologie Mediengeschichte Kommunikationspolitik, -ethik, -recht, Medienpolitik Politische Soziologie+D18190
Published
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 359 pp., 10 tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Marc Höchli (Author)

The Author: Marc Höchli is a Doctor of Philosophy. He worked as a journalist in print media and as a correspondent, editor and presenter in the information department of the Swiss National Radio DRS. Later, he managed his own communications company and was a lecturer in communications and media. Today, he holds the position of Commissioner for Communication of the Government of Canton Zug.

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