Say 'no' to dismantling of Swissinfo !

If you want to express your solidarity with the Swiss colleagues from Swissinfo, you can send the following letter of protest to the contact persons indicated below:


Dear Mr. Walpen (or respective contact person)


We learned with great concern that the SRG / SSR – Administrative Council decided on 22 March 2005 a massive dismantling of swissinfo. This announcement is not understandable to us, as swissinfo plays the role of the “voice of Switzerland”, not only for Swiss citizens abroad, but also for a general international public, which appreciates quality programmes produced by public service broadcasting. The massive reduction of the nine language programmes is an inadequate behaviour, without precedence from a general management of public Radio/TV.


The suppression of a part of the financial contribution of the Swiss Confederation cannot be used as a pretext to give up this important provider of international news. The maintenance of the sole English edition – reduced to half of its current size – ignores any multicultural principles, not only in Switzerland, and constitutes a further step towards an unacceptable standardization at global level.


Therefore we strongly urge you and the management of SRG / SSR to reconsider your fatal decision. Furthermore we ask you to avoid the harmful lay-off of 70 to 80 employees in various newsrooms, as well as several dozens of freelancers. As the media branch, not only in Switzerland but all over Europe, is facing a dramatic transition period Public Broadcasters must prevail their best practices according to their public mandate.


Best regards,




Contact to send protest:

- SRG / SSR idée suisse General Director Armin Walpen, Generaldirektion,

E-mail : Armin.Walpen@srgssrideesuisse.ch

- Bundesrat Moritz Leuenberger, UVEK, Bundeshaus-Nord,

E-Mail: moritz.leuenberger@gs-uvek.admin.ch

- BAKOM/OFCOM, Dr. Martin Dumermuth, Postfach, CH-2501 Biel

E-Mail: dir@bakom.admin.ch