Package of measures in favour of the media
For the Federal Council and Parliament, it is not enough that the SRG is financed with compulsory fees.
In addition, the radio and TV stations of the corporate media receive 81 million francs from the SRG fees every year.
Now rich media groups are to be subsidised to the tune of 178 million fran cs a year and thus made dependent on politics, although they were able to rake in fat profits even in Corona times.
There is additional state support thanks to the reduced value-added tax of about 130 million francs.
The private media cost the taxpayer about 400 million fran cs a year.
Together with the SRG fees, that makes an outrageous 1.7 billion francs a year !
4 Arguments against state media
As the saying goes: "What I eat is what I sing".
Listed corporations and rich publishers definitely do not need subsidies.
State-funded media cannot fulfil their function as the fourth power in the state
State-funded media prevent public debate, destroy media diversity and are poison for democracy.
We want open, free discourse and no media made dependent on the state.
We need independent
media and not state media
State subsidies mean the end of free and independent media in Switzerland.
Journalistic independence is one of the fundamental values of democratic states.
By buying the media, politics is destroying media freedom and freedom of expression.
By deliberately not subsidising free newspapers and free online media, the state cements the harmful media monopolies.
Citizens find it difficult to form an opinion if they are informed in a one-sided way.