• Switzerland's news in English

Media welcome bin Laden killing

3 May 2011, 11:14

Published: 03 May 2011 11:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 May 2011 11:14 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Swiss media have welcomed Osama bin Laden’s death, but have also warned that the war on terror is far from being over.


The death of the world’s most wanted terrorist, killed in a U.S. special operation, has grabbed headlines across Switzerland as all the major newspapers focused their coverage on the historical event.

The leading Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung welcomed the news of the Sunday night raid in Pakistan, but warned that the CIA is now intensifying its hunt for al Qaida’s reputed N.2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the elusive Egyptian surgeon widely expected to take bin Laden’s place at the helm of the terror organization.

In an editorial, the paper also said the death of bin Laden is “a redeeming breakthrough” for the United States and Barack Obama, adding that the death of such an iconic figure for Islamic terrorism is likely to pave the way for the president's re-election.

The Italian-language Corriere del Ticino also stresses the value of the successful intelligence operation to Obama's re-election chances.

“The rekindling of patriotism saves Obama from the criticism he faced for his management of the economy and turns him from a half-weak president to a commander in chief who is able to take back from the Republicans the status of guardian of national security.”

The news was welcomed with spontaneous and jubilant gatherings across the United States, with thousands of people chanting and celebrating in the streets in New York and Washington DC.

Some French-speaking Swiss newspapers instead led with questions on why bin Laden was killed instead of arrested and why his body was disposed of so quickly. According to reports, bin Laden’s body was buried at sea shortly after the raid, in compliance with Muslim tradition that urges burial within 24 hours from the death.

No photos or videos of the body have yet surfaced, and conspiracy theorists demanding proof that bin Laden was indeed killed are getting wild on the Internet.

“Barack Obama’s version on the death of Osama bin Laden surely does not correspond to the exact reality,” Hasni Abidi, the head of the Geneva-based think-tank the Study and Research Centre for the Arab and Mediterranean World (CERMAM) was quoted as saying by the Tribune de Genève paper.


Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Illegal immigrant dies after setting himself on fire
The victim was treated at University Hospital Zurich. Photo: University Hospital Zurich

The 45-year-old Tunisian was threatened with deportation.

Swiss government rejects call for second immigration vote
Photo: Justus Blumer/Christophe G

The Swiss government has rejected a popular initiative calling for a revote on plans to limit immigration.

Bern: companies should report salary inequality by law
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Swiss government wants to force small companies to examine their rates of pay every four years.

Husband in custody after Orbe body identified
File photo: Bas Leenders

The deceased is a 55-year-old woman who lived in the house with her husband.

Presented by MoneyPark
How to get a mortgage in Switzerland
Houses in Zürich. Photo: Pixabay.

Ready to buy? Here’s what you need to know as an expat about Swiss regulations, how to finance your purchase, and why you should use a broker.

Autumn in Switzerland: ten stunning Instagram photos
Photo: Swiss Tourism/Jan Geerk

Switzerland is beautiful in all seasons, but as these photos show, autumn is a special time in the alpine country.

Report: Swiss progress slows on gender equality
File photo: David Soulivet

Globally, it will take 170 years to achieve gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum.

Brothers go to court to stop suicide of sibling
File photo: Lisa Edmonds

Two men have filed a legal bid to prevent the Swiss assisted suicide association Exit from helping their older brother to kill himself.

Wawrinka snubs past form to reach Basel second round
Wawrinka beat local wildcard Marco Chiudinelli. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka has reached the second round in Basel after going out in the first round for the past four years.

Villagers asked to help fund bridge renovations
The bridge links the two villages of Veltheim (pictured) and Holderbank. Photo: Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht

The crowdfunding campaign by the two communes is the first of its kind in Switzerland.

Photo: Unterirdisch Ueberleben
Inside Switzerland’s largest nuclear bunker – 40 years on
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Photo: The Local
Ticino firefighters rescue cow from swimming pool
Photo: Antoni Da Campo
Vegan wins battle to be accepted by Swiss army
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Ten Swiss ski resorts named most expensive in Europe
Photo: Randy Kashka
Swiss women will ‘work for free’ for the rest of year
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Montreux throws hat in Olympic rings
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Seven things you’ll miss about Switzerland if you leave
Photo: Richard Juilliard/AFP
Man makes Geneva airport bomb threat ‘for a joke’
Photo: AFP
Solar Impulse team reveals plans for unmanned plane
File photo: Martin Abegglen
Swiss to vote on passport rules for 3rd gen foreigners
Photo: AFP
Swiss wingsuit hotspot Lauterbrunnen won’t impose ban
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Six reasons Switzerland isn’t as boring as you might think
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Report: Switzerland one of world’s best places for girls
Photo: The Local
Thief returns Swiss cow bells worth thousands
File photo: Wikimedia Commons
One in three rapists isn’t locked up: statistics
Photo: activistin.ch
Tampon-tax protest turns Zurich fountains red
Photo: AFP
Geneva police to lift ban on bearded officers
Photo: Marcel Gillieron/AFP
Suicide chef’s restaurant keeps Michelin stars
Photo: Lara de Salis
11 things the Swiss get tired of hearing abroad
Photo:  Ivo Scholz/Swiss-image.ch
Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends
Photo: AFP
Swiss press criticize Bern’s 'capitulation' on immigration
Photo: Jura Trois Lacs tourism
German ex-policeman is Swiss city’s new hermit
Photo: Dmitry A. Mottl
Ticino votes to favour local workers over foreigners
jobs available