20 April 2018 | Yves Steiner and RTS before the Swiss Press Council

By a combination of circumstances, a particularly original corpus from the point of view of media ethics is now available. It concerns the recording by the police of telephone conversations between a journalist and one of his sources. For the first time in the history of journalism in Switzerland - and perhaps even more widely - it is possible to have access, on a day-to-day basis, for several months, to the relationship between a journalist and his informant. This corpus sheds a harsh light on certain journalistic practices. For this investigator, the end justifies any means: he cheats, lies, threatens, betrays, coerces, insults, steals and intrigues. Journalistic ethics? He sits on it. What will the journalists themselves think? Will they think that a red line has been crossed and that the Yves Steiner/RTS case should be made an example not to be followed? This is what Dominique Giroud is seeking to find out by lodging a complaint with the Swiss Press Council, based on an audio-visual report (see below) that details the most outrageous excesses of this former RTS journalist, now an employee of the Swiss Federal Audit Office, the supreme supervisory body of the Swiss Confederation.

Written transcription of the audio-visual report

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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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