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Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Switzerland

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2008
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Switzerland, February 2008, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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On April 17, a Swiss military tribunal in St. Gallen acquitted Christoph Grenacher, editor-in-chief of the Zurich-based weekly SonntagsBlick, and two of his reporters, Sandro Brotz and Beat Jost, on charges of publishing classified intelligence about purported CIA prisons in Eastern Europe, according to international press reports. Swiss prosecutors had charged the journalists in 2006, after SonntagsBlick published the contents of a fax from Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit to the Egyptian Embassy in London. The fax pointed to the existence of a CIA prison in Romania and suggested there were other such prisons in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Ukraine, according to The Associated Press.

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