The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

Urs Ziswiler

"The Public Council evaluated several articles differently and critically but rates the editorial work as very good overall. In particular it proactively implemented the challenges posed by social media and multimedia."

Diccon Bewes

"If you thought 2016 was bad for news gathering and balanced reporting, then 2017 showed that things can only get worse. For many viewers, listeners and readers around the world, it's now hard to know who to trust and what to believe when it comes to news. That makes the commitment of SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) to being independent, fair, objective and publicly financed ever more important. SWI remains a beacon of real news for its audience, no matter where they access it."

Chok Woo

Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch especially important in 2017?
"
For most of the Chinese, Switzerland is synonym to long-term stability with continuous development in economy, society, technology, etc. Direct democracy is the keystone of these developments. An informed public and voices that can be heard are the strength of SWI, which shows the participation of the Swiss public in sometimes intense debates on common decisions."

What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you onwww.swissinfo.ch?
"
Speaking from my own experience, when I was able to explore multimedia and print materials in German, I felt I began to understand the previously unknown world of the German speaking circle. However, most people are not able to learn another language without personal exposure. I was lucky in this regard. Therefore, the chosen language is the key to understanding Switzerland."

Marina Karlin

Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch especially important in 2017?
"
Finally, it was possible to partially complete the Tower of Babel. SWI swissinfo.ch has created a platform that not only keeps Swiss nationals up to date; its powerful voice also reaches many other hotspots around the world by providing information, telling stories, explaining, prompting people to admire and engage with the subject, sparking discussions - and all in ten languages."

What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you onwww.swissinfo.ch?
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The unique aspect of preparing material in a historical and graphic context (information diagrams) helps readers to quickly grasp the content and to put it into the right "pigeonhole" of knowledge of current international affairs."

Cinzia Dal Zotto

Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch especially important in 2017?
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The fact that the content on swissinfo.ch is available in ten different languages not only allows all foreigners living in Switzerland to expand their knowledge of the country from a political, economic and cultural point of view but also to become better integrated here. It also enables swissinfo.ch to raise the profile and appeal of Switzerland at a global level."

What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you onwww.swissinfo.ch?
"
I was particularly struck by one article about Italian immigrants who built Switzerland. It highlighted the publication of a book of photos of Italian immigrants in Switzerland following a photo exhibition on the same subject organised in St. Gallen the year before. It made my heart skip, not just because I’m an Italian migrant myself but because I’m the daughter and niece of Italian immigrants in Switzerland. Immigrants who, at the time, didn’t have the luxury of a permanent residence permit like I do, but had to get by on a temporary one that meant they had to leave Switzerland for a certain amount of time each year. I was deeply moved by the title of the article and, of course, went out and bought the book."