La Suisse Libérale


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Title: La Suisse Libérale
Canton: Neuchâtel
Available online: 3 January 1881 - 18 February 1982 (22,764 issues, 92,653 pages)
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Description: La Suisse Libérale was born in 1881 in Neuchâtel from the merger of L'Union Libérale, founded in 1863 in Neuchâtel by the lawyer Philippe Jacottet, and Patriote Suisse, a liberal organ of the Neuchâtel mountains since 1873. The title survived until 1982 when it merged with L’Effort, to become the newspaper Réalités neuchâteloises. Reflecting the strong politicization of newspapers that characterized the second half of the 19th century, triggered by the inclusion of freedom of the press in Article 45 of the Federal Constitution of 12 September 1848, La Suisse Libérale was the official organ of the Parti Libéral neuchâtelois (Neuchâtel Liberal Party). Famous contributors include the liberals Philippe Godet, founding member and editor-in-chief from 1881 to 1884, and Otto de Dardel, editor-in-chief from 1894 to 1906, who gave a new impetus to the paper. First published as a daily newspaper, La Suisse Libérale became a weekly newspaper in 1938.