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Switzerland: Regulatory Authorities

Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television in Switzerland

The Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television (ICA) is the federal authority in charge of assessing complaints about radio and television programmes. It determines whether programmes broadcast, other than advertising, have violated national or international law or whether there has been an unlawful refusal of the right to appear on a programme. The ICA’s decisions can be appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.

Before a complaint can be filed with the ICA, the proceedings must be brought before the office of the ombudsman. The ombudsmen act as arbitrators and mediators.

The ICA comprises nine part-time members appointed by the Federal Council, and a secretariat. The ICA is not bound in its area of responsibility by any instructions from the Federal Assembly, the Federal Council and the Federal Administration. The ICA submits an annual report on its activities to the Federal Council.

The ICA is organised in a quasi-judicial fashion. The Authority’s proceedings are normally held in public.

Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television
Postfach 8547, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Tel. ++ 41 (0)31 322 55 38/33
Fax ++ 41 (0)31 322 55 58
Email: info@ubi.admin.ch

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