In Bern, young liberals shoot red balls on Netflix law


By launching their referendum this Friday, the young PLR, UDC and Liberal Greens have in turn denounced a “deception”. a “new tax” or an “unjust and discriminatory law”.

The reform of the law on cinema aims to make use of platforms which broadcast films up to 4% of their turnover. This money would go to support Swiss cinema.

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During its September session, the Parliament put under roof a reform of the law on the cinema which imposes on the owners of platforms of streaming, “Netflix or Disney +, as well as the private television channels to invest each year at least 4 % of their turnover in Switzerland in Swiss cinema. In addition, they will be obliged to offer at least 30% of European films. This reform took the name of “Netflix law”.

“A political sin”

The young people of the PLR, the SVP and the Liberal Greens presented their arguments to launch their referendum on Friday at a press conference. For Matthias Müller, president of the Young Liberal Radicals Switzerland: “The revision of the cinema law is a deception for consumers, an attack on liberal principles, a political sin. That is why we strongly oppose it ”. For his counterpart Samuel Hasler of the Jeunes UDC Suisse: “We are disappointed that the Federal Council and Parliament are once again submitting to the bailiwicks of Brussels and this time trying to use the film producers as hostages”.

“State protectionism and paternalism”

For Virginie Cavalli, co-president of the Young Swiss Liberals, this revision “purely and simply introduces a new tax to finance a subsidy granted on the basis of origin criteria for film productions. The “Lex Netflix” is an unfair and discriminatory law revision ”. It was not only young people in this launch of the referendum, the State Councilor Josef Dittli (PLR / UR) came to say all the bad things he thought about it: “This revision is a mixture of protectionism, subsidies and of state paternalism. The SSR and the Confederation already support Swiss cinema to the tune of 100 million francs per year. “