Civic Democrats support media tycoon's senate candidacy

05-10-2002

The Civic Democratic Party of Vaclav Klaus has openly supported the head of the commercial TV station NOVA, Vladimir Zelezny in his candidacy in the upcoming senate elections. For several years, TV NOVA has been giving more space to the Civic Democrats in its talk-shows than to other parties; the party in turn supported Mr. Zelezny in his disputes with business partners.

Zelezny, who is 57, launched the successful TV station in 1994. His breaking from an American investor triggered a series of arbitration proceedings against the Czech Republic for failing to protect foreign investment. Zelezny himself has been charged with an attempt to cheat a creditor and with tax evasion.