Journalists divided over Czech Television crisis

28-12-2000

The crisis at the country's public television network, Czech Television, has now gone far beyond an internal dispute; the battle for control of the network has gripped Czech political and public life and serious questions are now being asked as to the independence of the Czech media. But journalists themselves are not united over the dispute, as Olga Szantova discovered:

But journalist Vaclav Zak, editor-in-chief of the political bi-monthly Listy, couldn't disagree more. He says opponents of newly-appointed Director General Jiri Hodac have themselves fallen prey to political influence. Mr. Zak says Mr Hodac's new Head of News, Jana Bobosikova, with whom the rebel journalists are refusing to co-operate, is not sympathetic to the right-of-centre Civic Democrats, as her detractors claim: