Politicians argue about the media dossier

Actually, the media dossier does not belong to the most attractive. Too complex and too specific to heterogeneous industry. For a long time, they found hardly a

Politicians argue about the media dossier

Actually, the media dossier does not belong to the most attractive. Too complex and too specific to heterogeneous industry. For a long time, they found hardly any parliamentarians who were experienced in the media industry. This has changed apparently. Between the telecommunications Commission's (KVF) and the state political Commission (SPK), there is a dispute in the media or in politics. For years, the Dossier was settled in the case of both commissions, with the KVF for Radio, television and the Internet was responsible for the technical part. The SPK, however, was entrusted with the "role of the state in the formation of opinion", for example, with the indirect support of the Press.

the New telecommunications Commission is for media solely responsible. This is the Background of the dispute: the office of The National Council and Council of States have adjusted last year in a lengthy process with the involvement of the committees and the group leaders in the property areas and the allocation of the commissions checked. They came to the conclusion that the separation of the technical and the political aspect of the media policy make in times of digitalisation and convergence no longer make sense. The area was merged and renamed to "media and diversity". The telecommunications Commission, the ride in the past three Legislatures of practically all of the media-policy Dossiers, best, got this subject. The decision was made in December 2019.

"Inappropriate" allocation

don't want to leave the SPK sit up. She filed in January, a Commission motion with the goal to bring the media into the SPK. Media policy is "a state-political task," is the title of the Motion. The SPK routine was working moderately with these questions, the allocation to the telecommunications Commission, "unreasonable", it is said in the explanatory Memorandum.

In the telecommunications Commission sees it differently. SP-national councillor Edith Graf-Litscher, who has presided during the last years, the Commission evaluated the proposal as "strange". The KVF have dealt with the revisions of the Radio and TV law on Admeira - motions, the No-Billag-Initiative to draft the media law in the last few years, all of the media policy Dossiers. "So we have a lot of expert knowledge." The reallocation was made in a broad-based process. It was strange when you could not accept this decision now, says Graf-Litscher.

The resistance of SP-Nationalrat and SPK member Cédric Wermuth has initiated. The media are a Central pillar of democracy, he says. And the development of the industry is now at a point, the presence of eminent state, political questions. The Dossier should be dealt with under the flagship of democracy and state policy, not subject to telecommunications technical aspects. The political aspect came in the last parliamentary term short, says the Aargau. Thus, he criticised, as it were, his party colleague, Edith Graf-Litscher, has characterized as the KVF President of the media policy.

The SP urge with vehemence to the topic, writes today the "Aargauer Zeitung", but With the media Minister, Simonetta Sommaruga, and the national councils Cédric Wermuth and Edith Graf-Litscher, there are several SP-stakeholders with different views, with regard to the scope and models of media promotion. In the template, the media Minister Simonetta Sommaruga is coming soon to the Parliament, it will go precisely to these questions: How much money to get media, how much the Newspapers? And from which pot the money should come?

support from the SVP

of Cédric Wermuth-initiated proposal, however, seems to be a purely social-democratic concerns. Wormwood has implemented the Commission's motion together with the Zurich SVP national councillor Gregor Rutz. Also Rutz advocates that the media be reined in in the SPK. With Balthasar Glättli (Green party) and Kurt Fluri (FDP) were found opinion strong allies, together, they convinced the Commission. The office of the national Council has rejected in its opinion, the middle of February, the advance – a minority of SVP, and a green-liberal vote was in favour of it.

the entire maneuver around pure power interests? Or also the content? The SVP is the only party that is opposed to any support measures for the media. In the SP, in turn, some criticize the Federal Council template, as they're far enough. Could find allies here? To party politics, it's not, the question of allocation says Cédric Wermuth, representing the Motion on Wednesday in the national Council, on behalf of the Commission. He also insists on the diversity of the media has always been in the SPK. The SPK is therefore not a new claim, but an "old".

Matthias Aebischer, a member of the telecommunications Commission, speaks of the "pure power politics". Certain commissions, such as the SPK were busy "well", but they wanted to have more Dossiers among themselves. FDP national councillor Kurt Fluri, refers to the fact that the media were for the state political Commission has traditionally been an important Dossier. In the years after the turn of the Millennium, has the Commission from the former SP national councillor Andreas Gross-initiated concerns, a direct support to the Press to introduce. Found you on the Council, but not a majority. It is typical of the state were "political questions" to be discussed in the context of digitization, with the decline in the diversity of the media, says Kurt Fluri.

Created: 04.03.2020, 14:34 PM

Updated Date: 04 March 2020, 14:02

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