Geneva, Switzerland (Le Temps, Fre) – The headline seems misleading at first, Première suisse: les archives d’un journal en libre accès sur le Net, which might lead you to think one of the newspapers in Switzerland has changed its attitude to the Internet and is offering yesterday’s news, all of it, for free.
That is, in fact, correct, but the newspaper in question, the Journal de Geneve, died in 1998. The news is nevertheless important for researchers because the newspaper was for 172 years, a serious observer of society, politics and business in Geneva.
For Le Temps, the significance goes beyond this, however: it is the result of an agreement between the National Library and Switzerland’s newspapers that will result in their archives becoming available online, apparently for free. (Ed. note: no major Swiss newspapers make their complete current content available online, free of charge).