All the papers today are dominated by two big stories - the death of alleged StB torturer Alois Grebenicek and the fraud charges against Viktor Kozeny, the notorious "Pirate of Prague". Also making headlines today is Monday's shooting in the Prague metro, a story which receives prominent coverage in Mlada Fronta Dnes.
The Czech Republic has been repeatedly criticised for a relatively high level of corruption. One of the problematic areas is government contracts and public tenders. The Office for Protection of Economic Competition is trying to set things right again but says loopholes in the law should be patched up first.
Transparency International has just published its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2002. The Czech Republic is half way down the list of 102 states, ranking 52nd. Earlier today, Daniela Lazarova spoke to the executive director of the Czech branch of Transparency International Adriana Krnacova and asked her what she thinks of the Czech Republic's rating .
The Czech Republic has come halfway down Transparency International's annual corruption perceptions index. The country came joint 52nd with Slovakia and Latvia, out of a total of 102 countries surveyed. Other post-Communist countries - including Poland and Hungary - were judged to be less corrupt, and came higher up the list. In first place was Finland, while Bangladesh and Nigeria came joint last.
In 2001, the Czech Republic came 47th out of the 91 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index. That's far behind most of the developed countries of Europe, North America and Asia and even some post-communist countries such as Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia. The Supreme State Attorney Marie Benesova has decided that things have gone too far, and has proposed a new and controversial method to combat corruption in the Czech Republic.