Human Rights and Minorities Minister to put forward amendment to “muzzle law”

23-08-2009

Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Michael Kocáb has said he will put forward an amendment aimed at revising the so-called “muzzle law” to the cabinet on Monday. The amendment for example relaxes some of the sanctions and stipulates certain exceptions. The law which bans the Czech media from revealing information such as records of police wiretappings or the identities of victims in criminal cases has come under wide criticism from both the media and media experts in the Czech Republic and abroad, who have said it restricts the freedom of the press. After a meeting with media representatives in May, Prime Minister Jan Fischer entrusted Minister Kocáb with drafting an amendment to the controversial law.