Le Club suisse de la presse – Geneva Press Club a pour mission d’accueillir et d’aider les journalistes de passage à Genève et de favoriser les échanges entre les milieux suisses et internationaux de l’économie, de la politique, de la culture et des sciences d’une part, et de la presse suisse et étrangère installée en suisse romande et en France voisine d’autre part.

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About

Mission statement

The mission of the Swiss Press Club  – Geneva Press Club is to welcome and assist journalists visiting Geneva and to favour exchanges between Swiss and international players in the sectors of economy, politics, culture and science on the one hand and between the Swiss and international press resident in French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring Switzerland on the other hand (art. 2, Statutes).

Main activities

  • Organize press conferences
  • Draft and circulate press releases
  • Advise NGOs, International Organizations and diplomatic missions
  • Welcome foreign journalists visiting Geneva
  • Organize events linked to International Geneva and the media (Communication Festival, Philosophy Festival, Global Investigative Journalism Conference, Exhibition and International Prize: “Cartooning for Peace”, International Meeting of Francophone Press…).

History

The Swiss Press Club  – Geneva Press Club was founded on 22 October 1997 on the premises of the villa La Pastorale with the mission of welcoming and helping journalists visiting Geneva and favouring exchanges between Swiss and international players in the sectors of economy, politics, culture and science on the one hand and between the Swiss and international press resident in French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring Switzerland on the other hand.

The Swiss Press Club was founded by:

  • The State of Geneva and the City of Geneva (public institutions);
  • l’Agefi, l’Agence télégraphique suisse (ATS), l’Association indépendante des journalistes suisses (AIJS), le Comité international olympique (CIO), le Courrier, Edipresse, la Fédération suisse des journalistes (FSJ), le Temps (successor to the Journal de Genève), Orgexpo, Promoédition, Publicitas Léman, la Radio Télévision suisse romande (SSR/RTSR), Ringier Romandie, la Tribune de Genève (media representatives),
  • le Groupement des banquiers privés genevois et la Société suisse de relations publiques (SSRP) (private institutions).
  • The Swiss Confederation gave its support to the launching of the Club.

Organization

Honorary Committee

Laurence DEONNA, Reporter and author, Geneva
Gordon MARTIN, O.B.E. Journalist
Seymour TOPPING, Administrator, Pulitzer prize winner, New York
Rolf ZINKERNAGEL, Nobel prize winner, Zurich

Committee

Denis ETIENNE, President, Deputy Editor of the Tribune de Genève
Catherine FIANKAN BOKONGA, Vice-President, Correspondent for various international media (radio, television, written press) at the United Nations Geneva
Jérôme KOECHLIN, Administrator, Head of Corporate Communication at Edmond de Rothschild (Switzerland) SA
Steve BERNARD, Director of external relations, City of Geneva
Sylvain BESSON, Deputy Editor of Le Temps
Madeleine BROT, International columns, RTS
Michel JEANNERET, Editor in Chief of L’Illustré
Xin LIU, Correspondent at the United Nations Geneva
Jean-Marc VELLEMAN, CEO of the Group GHI-Lausanne Cités
Gaëtan VANNAY, Freelance journalist
Nicolas VULTIER, Journalist, RTS
Guy METTAN, Director and Executive Secretary with a consultative vote

Administration

Guy METTAN, Executive Director
Tobias CLERC, Events and multi-media manager
Carla CANTARELLA GIACOMETTI, Assistant to the Director
Oxana METTAN, Office and organizational assistant