Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – Swissinfo, the multi-language Internet arm of Swiss Broadcast Corporation, is stepping up its appeal to the public to sign a petition intended to help it survive. The news and information site, whose global reach is greater than that of TSR (Swiss public television) or the Tribune de Geneve, according to web-monitoring company Alexa, is threatened by budget cuts that staff say will mean its death.
They shared an appeal this week:
“As part of its 2011-2013 saving plans the government proposes to cut its SFr13m contribution to swissinfo’s budget which would effectively result in our death. The executive board of our parent company, SSR SRG idée suisse, swissinfo’s public advisory board and the executive board of the Swiss abroad organization have all expressed their public opposition to this proposal.
This proposal comes at a time when Switzerland is under the international spotlight and needs more than ever a multilingual international independent media to explain Switzerland and what is going on here.
At swissinfo we’ve decided to mobilize the largest possible support to save the organisation. We are planning to send a petition to parliament and we are collecting signatures and messages of support on http://www.save-swissinfo.ch a specially created site.”
Supporters can sign an online petition.
See GenevaLunch editorial “Why the world needs swissinfo (save it!)”