Swiss media talking about: Internet piracy, Turkish stones, autism, Peugeot

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss media today are featuring stories on:


This week’s snow continues to make the news, with Bern the latest area hit by accidents

Tribune de Geneve reacts angrily to US-based intellectual property group 8 February telling Congress to place Switzerland on its watch list for Internet piracy. (Original 2013 report on Switzerland from IIPA and 2013 IIPA cover letter on its annual international review, both released 8 February). Canada, Spain and Italy also appear on the watch list and there are no recommendations for some countries that were on it in the past, such as Sweden, but Switzerland is accused of banning only file sharing, not file downloading.

Le Temps notes that the pending case in Turkey against Christian Varone, head of police in Valais and candidate for the cantonal government, goes to court Thursday. The case has been delayed twice and yet another delay is possible. Varone is accused of stealing valuable state artefacts. He says he and his family picked up what they thought were just small stones near, but not on, an archeological site, souvenirs from a family vacation, as they were about to head for the airport last summer.

Le Nouvelliste in Valais: winter sports fans may love all the snow, but drivers are having a hard time of it, with Tuesday’s 11cm of fresh snow in Bern the cause of numerous accidents. In Graubuenden in southeast Switzerland a snowmobile driver lost his license after crashing into a car while drunk.

RTS public broadcasting: PSA Peugeot Citroen’s record loss of 5 billion euros in 2012 is due to its over-dependence on the European car market

La Côte looks abroad for news and carries a feature on a medical study published Tuesday in Jama (Journal of the American Medical Association): a study covering 85,000 children shows twice as many children with autism born to mothers who did not take folic acid supplements during pregnancy compared to those who did. Folic acid supplements during pregnancy have been recommended in Switzerland for several years. Ed. note: the conclusion states “Use of prenatal folic acid supplements around the time of conception was associated with a lower risk of autistic disorder in the MoBa cohort. Although these findings cannot establish causality, they do support prenatal folic acid supplementation.”

Le Matin carries the surprised and distressed reaction of a mother of a 14-year-old whose cell phone was stolen at La Riponne in Lausanne: the thief was given the name and address of the girl after she identified him in a lineup. Anonymity may be given to crime “victims” but a simple theft does not make you a victim, according to Franz Moos, public prosecutor for the canton.