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Loo-flushing, explosives & gold Fact check: Lonely guinea pigs and other quirky Swiss rumours

Is that really true? We asked you whether you’d heard anything about Switzerland that sounded suspicious and that you wanted us to check out.

fact check Do tightened gun laws lead to greater security?

Closing loopholes in the existing gun law will further protect citizens, says the Swiss government. Opponents who disagree may be on to something.

Fact check Does Switzerland produce half of all the food it needs?

So says the government as it tries to convince voters to reject a proposal calling for greater ethical standards in food production. Is it right?

True or false? ‘Foreign judges’ initiative: fact checking the parliamentary debates checks the accuracy of some of the statements heard so far in both chambers.

true or false? Gambling fact-check: ‘closed Switzerland’ vs ‘open Denmark’

Ahead of a nationwide vote on the issue, looks at campaigners' claims about Denmark and finds both sides (mostly) sticking to the facts. 

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Public broadcasting debate Fact check: the case for and against licence fees

We checked the claims of politicians from the for and against camps in the debate about broadcasting licence fees.

Fact check Checking “alternative facts” in a Swiss vote campaign

Misinformation has been a recurring feature in the current battle for votes on highly charged issues like naturalisation and tax reforms.

Verification Long battle ahead to curb fake news

Swiss and European experts caution that training machines to detect misinformation on social media is no easy task.

Fact check Have Switzerland’s nuclear reactors become too old and dangerous?

Swiss voters may have little reason to fear a major nuclear accident triggered by age-related issues.

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