44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns? - Switzerland

Country: 
Switzerland
Question: 
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
Answer: 
No
Comments: 

There is neither any specific legislation for media coverage of the election campaign, nor are there provisions establishing rights of access to the media for political parties and candidates. Rather, the existing regulatory model for electronic media is a mixture of statutory provisions of a general nature.

There are no specific legal provisions for print media. Newspapers and magazines are allowed to sell advertising space to candidates and political parties. The Declaration of Duties and Rights of Journalists - defining the obligations for professional and accurate reporting - represents the only self-regulatory instrument guiding journalists’ activities.
Candidates and parties may purchase political advertising in the print media. The only restriction to the equal access by candidates and parties to these media outlets concerns the availability of resources. In contrast, political advertising on television or other broadcast mediums is unlawful. In that regard, all candidates and parties are equal in access, in the sense that none has a chance to buy political advertising on broadcast media.

Source: 

VII Media, B. Regulation for Election Coverage, Swiss Confederation Federal Elections, 2007; Sustainable Governance Indicators, Switzerland Report, 2011