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With its four national languages, its cultural diversity and economical status, Switzerland has long had one of the best developed and most complete mass media sectors in Europe.
Still, due to its small territorial size, it is strongly influenced by the media of larger bordering countries, with foreign journals, radios and televisions popular throughout the country. The broadcasting sector is dominated by the SRG SSR, subsidized by the federal government, while the printed press is free of governmental involvement.
Switzerland was ranked tenth in 2021 in the annual "Worldwide press freedom ranking of countries" published by Reporters Without Borders.
Main article: List of newspapers in Switzerland
Main article: List of radio stations in Switzerland
Main article: Television in Switzerland
See also: Banking in Switzerland § Controversies, and Suisse secrets
Since leaking financial data is a criminal offense in Switzerland (even if it is in the public interest)  punishable with up to five years in jail, Swiss media argued in February 2022 that the banking secrecy law runs contrary to freedom of speech and freedom of the press in some cases. In 2022, the United Nations Human Rights Council has asked for a better protection of journalists and whistleblowers in this regard.