The European Court on Human Rights has given three favourable verdicts against decisions by the Swiss Federal Court.
The European Court in Strasbourg just rehabilitated the Television Suisse romande leading current affairs magazine Temps Present and his journalist Daniel Monnat (currently head of the magazine department) against the Swiss Federal Court. The Swiss Highest Court sentenced an investigative piece entitled “Switzerland’s lost Honour”, devoted in 1997 to the Jewish funds issue, despite two SSR – Swiss Broadcasting Corporation - appeals.
On September the 17th, the European Court considered that the Swiss verdict was at risk to hinder the media to pursue their monitoring and informative task..
The Court’s decision is due to be published September the 21st
This decision follows two other backlashes for the Swiss Court. On April the 25th, The European Court in Strasbourg also gave right recently to Martin Stoll, then a reporter with the Sonntagszeitung, and a member of our network, who published a confidential ambassadorial report in 1997, related to the same issue – jewish funds. Another journalist from Blick, who was sentenced for having published information on a suspect’s previous judicial history, was rehabilitated by Strasbourg.