Billboards advertising a new book of interviews with President Miloš Zeman
have appeared throughout the country in recent days in a campaign that
experts say is unusual for a book, iDnes.cz reported. Journalist Pavel
Mandys, who writes about literature, said publishers normally could not
afford such advertising, while Lukáš Růžička of publishing house
Paseka said firms in the business would only use billboards if they thought
they could sell books with a large print run.
The president’s book We’ll Manage to Govern Ourselves has come out in an initial print run of 7,500 and a representative of publishers Olympia refused to divulge what the billboard campaign had cost the company.
Mr. Zeman is standing for a second term in a presidential election in January.
The Czech soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 4:0 away on
Saturday evening. The result saw the West Bohemians take revenge after
Slovácko dumped them out of the domestic cup and equaled a club record of
16 wins in a row set two seasons ago. They also extended their Czech record
of wins from the start of this season to 14 in succession.
Despite the fact their nearest challengers also won, Plzeň are 13 points clear of the rest of the pack and a senior figure at current champions Slavia Prague recently congratulated them on “winning the league.”
The MEP Jiří Pospíšil says he will focus on preparing TOP 09 for local
and Senate elections, if he wins election as the party chairman in an
election next weekend. The grouping’s long-term leader Miroslav Kalousek
is stepping down after TOP 09 did poorly in elections last month.
Mr. Pospíšil is a former deputy chairman of another right-wing party, the Civic Democrats. He is as yet the only candidate for the top job in TOP 09.
Dozens of Czech theatres will open their doors to the public on Saturday
evening as part of a nationwide Theatre Night. Theatres are putting on
performances and offering tours of their backstage areas in 30 cities and
towns free of charge or a for a nominal admission fee. This year’s
edition is entitled Forever Young and is especially targeted at youth and
The event is part of the European Theatre Night, which has been held on the third Saturday of November since 2008. Czech institutions are participating for the fifth time and local organisers say turnout usually exceeds 50,000.
A man who posted a video online of himself encouraging his young daughter
to beat a pillow with a baseball bat as if it were a “gypsy” or a
Muslim has received a suspended one-year sentence, Lidovky.cz reported. The
man, who is 27, will also be monitored by probation and mediation services
after being found guilty of promoting race hate and endangering the
upbringing of a child, the news site said. The case was heard at a court in
Benešov last month.
Numerous reports were made to social services after the video went viral on the Czech internet in the summer.
A book exploring the part played by women in the anti-Communist dissent has
been launched in Prague. Entitled Bytová revolta: Jak ženy dělaly disent
(Apartment Revolution: How Woman Made the Dissent), it features profiles of
21 women who were not afraid to stand up to the Communist authorities in
the normalisation period of the 1970 and 1980s.
Among those who attended the launch were then dissidents Marta Kubišová, Dana Němcová and Kamila Bendová.
One of the organisers of the Women in Dissent project, Marcela Linková, said there was a perception that the women had supported male dissidents but in fact they had carried out the same activities as men.
Ski jumper Jakub Janda, who was recently became an MP, is to take part in
his final competitive event on Saturday. Mr. Janda, who is 39, will take
part in a team event in a World Cup meeting at Wisle in Poland. He failed
to make it into Sunday’s individual final.
Mr. Janda was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Civic Democrats. He is one of 120 first-time MPs due to sit in the new lower house, which was elected in October and convenes on Monday.
Several now elderly people who were persecuted by the Communist regime were
honoured with the Memory of Nations award at Prague’s National Theatre on
Friday night in one of a number of events marking Struggle for Freedom and
Democracy Day. The award went to former political prisoners František
Suchý, Mária Matejčíková and priest František Lízna, as well as to
Otto Šimko, a Holocaust survivor who was repeatedly persecuted because of
his Jewish origins.
The Memory of Nations award has been presented annually since 2010 by the non-profit organisation Post Bellum, which records and makes accessible interviews with victims of the Nazi and Communist regimes.