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Cakes for freedom – tongue-in-cheek happening to support artist facing controversial prison sentence kicks off in Prague

24-02-2012 15:20 | Sarah Borufka

Roman Týc, photo: CTK Activists are holding a protest happening in front of Prague’s Pankrác prison, where Czech artist Roman Týc on Friday afternoon is starting a one-month prison sentence for a 2007 art project that involved defacing fifty traffic lights in Prague by changing the standard red and green figures to show them in situations such as drinking, urinating and hanging themselves. The artist says he chose prison time over paying a fine because otherwise he would be renouncing the project’s message. Titled “Bábovka pro Týce” or “A cake for Týc”, the happening is as tongue-in-cheek as the art project itself – as a sign of their solidarity, participants will bring cakes to the prison, an allusion to the well-known prison cliché of a cake with a file in it. Ahead of the start at 2 p.m., we spoke to co-organizer Magda Vídeňská about the unusual happening.  More

Survey shows drinking among 16-year-olds on rise

21-02-2012 17:17 | Jan Velinger

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) has found that the number of 16-year-olds in the Czech Republic who drink beer or hard liquor on a regular basis has gone up. Back in 1995, 14 percent of the country’s sixteen-year-olds drank at least three times a month, but last year the percentage moved up to 20. By contrast, marijuana use dropped, if only slightly.  More

Government moves to give crime victims more support and greater protection

16-02-2012 15:29 | Daniela Lazarová

Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil Being a crime victim can be a shattering experience and many who have personally experienced it say that reporting the incident and the investigation that follows can be equally agonizing. At the present time there is no code of conduct specifying how the police or state attorneys should treat crime victims and critics say their conduct often leaves much to be desired. The Czech government has now moved to correct that approving an amendment to the law which would give crime victims more support and greater protection.  More

Prague court delivers landmark ruling in home births advocates’ battle with the state

27-01-2012 15:56 | Jan Richter

A ruling on Thursday by a Prague court might lead to a breakthrough in the ongoing Czech debate about home births. While state officials and health care providers have consistently opposed the practice over safety concerns, the court decided that mothers indeed have the right to choose the place of their child’s delivery, and the state has to provide all necessary assistance.  More

Police arrest two men in series of appalling tomb robberies

19-01-2012 16:07 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK The Czech police have arrested two men suspected of robbing more than 70 graves in northern Bohemia. The men mainly targeted older, unkempt tombs in the region in search of gold teeth, medals and other relics. The investigators were shocked by their callousness; one of them said he was more interested in the thrill of tomb raiding than the actual loot.  More

Prosecutors rule out murder in north Bohemian shooting

13-01-2012 15:48 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Prosecutors investigating a New Year’s Day shooting in the north Bohemian town of Tanvald, which left a Romany man dead and injured another, have ruled out murder or any other premeditated crime. The investigators on Friday said the 63-year-old shooter was facing an intense assault by two Romany men in a conflict that had no racial or material motives.  More

Panorama

05-01-2012 16:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Panorama : thousands of people undertake a traditional New Year’s pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin Mary in Hostýn, over a dozen enthusiasts strap on wooden skis to mark the centenary of the first downhill ski race in Central Europe and -home is where the heart is – a stray dog keeps returning to the dog shelter where a vet saved his life.  More

Parents of “wolf children” on trial at Prague city court for child neglect

04-01-2012 15:32 | Sarah Borufka

The parents of the “wolf children”, photo: CTK The mother and father of two boys, dubbed “wolf children” by the Czech media, are currently on trial at a Prague city court. In a shocking and unusual case of child abuse, the parents never let their sons out of the apartment, did not dress them and fed them only liquid food. They deny charges of abuse and say they simply wanted to raise their children in an alternative way.  More

Czechs held in Zambia return home

03-01-2012 15:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Michal Vébr, Jiří Cetel, Jan Coufal, photo: Czech Television Three Czechs who were detained and charged with espionage in Zambia have returned home. They showed up unexpectedly at their doorsteps at the end of the year and have refused to disclose any information regarding the nature of their escape. The Czech Foreign Ministry which made an all out effort to secure their release through regular diplomatic channels has put an information embargo on the case.  More

Prague police chief arrested, contracts frozen in anti-corruption sting

29-11-2011 15:32 | Rob Cameron

Vladimír Kotrouš, photo: Milan Holakovský, ISIFA/VLP The mayor of Prague has frozen all contracts signed by the City Police force and ordered a full investigation after the head of the force was arrested last week on suspicion of accepting a bribe. Vladimír Kotrouš, Prague City Police force president, is now in custody after anti-organised crime taskforce arrested him with a large amount of cash on his person.  More

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