15 August 2019 | Dominique Giroud asks the Swiss Press Council to reopen the "Yves Steiner" case

In a letter sent today to the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Press Council, Dominique Giroud calls on the authority that oversees media ethics to reopen the "Yves Steiner" case, named after the journalist who was caught red-handed cheating, lying, threatening, betraying, coercing, insulting, stealing and intriguing (watch the video showing this journalist's outrageous behaviour). In May 2019, in a decision tainted by a clear formal defect, the Swiss Press Council (SPC) refused to take up the case, even though it had referred the matter to itself and had de facto already taken up the case in May 2018 (decision 15/2019). Dominique Giroud is now calling for this decision to be reviewed so that the SSC can finally assume its responsibilities as the guardian of journalistic ethics and give its opinion on Yves Steiner's actions. In his view, if the SSC once again resorts to legal arguments to avoid taking a position, it will have definitively lost all credibility in the eyes of a public that can neither understand nor accept that a journalist who has done wrong should go unpunished, even though journalists are totally intransigent when it comes to criticising the proven or supposed errors of other members of society.

Application for review of decision 15/2019 on grounds of formal defect

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Dominique Giroud

I'm facing a media storm. I've been wrongly accused of tampering with my wines to make money. Journalists have overdramatised and criticised without any nuance. In so doing, they have tarnished and perhaps ruined forever my reputation as an oenologist. Faced with these accusations, I have decided to publish my version of events on this website.

Readers will be the judge.

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