Milos Cermak is one of the Czech Republic's leading newspaper columnists, and is a regular contributor to both the liberal daily Lidove noviny and the social affairs and arts magazine Reflex. When we spoke at his downtown Prague office last week topics included Czech journalistic standards, whether there really are orchestrated campaigns against politicians, and if Czech papers come under pressure from advertisers to report, or not report, in a certain way. But first Milos Cermak (who, by the way, is an exceedingly tall gentleman) told that he wasn't
The setting is familiar, the viewing a mixture of pain and delight. Fifteen 'Chosen ones' live in a house for several weeks, isolated from the world and with nothing to amuse themselves with but internal squabbling and buffoonery. Every week, the housemates have a chance to gang up on one or two of their group who has fallen out of favour, and they vote him or her off. Fascinating isn't it?
On Thursday, readers of the leading financial daily Hospodarske noviny are in for something of a surprise. For one day only, former Czech president, Vaclav Havel, will be taking over as the paper's editor. In anticipation of Mr. Havel's editorial debut, Rosie Johnston spoke editor-in-chief of Hospodarske noviny, Petr Simunek. She asked him where the idea had come from:
The Czech prime minister's rocky relationship with the media reached a head on Monday. At an emotionally charged news briefing, Mirek Topolanek lashed out at journalists, accusing them of bias, betrayal and corrupt practices. He even went so far as to call for a law which would regulate press freedom.
The Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, has lashed out at journalists accusing them of bias, betrayal and corrupt practices and calling for a law which would regulate press freedom. At his regular Monday press briefing the prime minister verbally attacked individual members of the press saying that they had attempted to blackmail him by threatening to write whatever they wanted if he did not answer their questions. He said some of the articles delving into his private life were scandalous and had clearly been commissioned by his main rival opposition leader Jiri Paroubek and he accused the press of buying classified information from the police. The prime minister said that while he was inclined to be broad minded the present circumstances called for a law which would regulate press freedom.
Our guest for One on One this week is Will Tizard an American journalist who has been based in Prague since 1994. Besides writing regularly for the Czech Republic's English-language newspaper The Prague Post, Will Tizard is also an editor for the prestigious Time Out city guide as well as the Czech and Slovak correspondent for the leading movie-industry publication Variety Magazine.
Would you like bad breath, a dust mite or an ebola virus? Gone are the days of teddy bears - today's kids want stuffed microbes. The earth spins -but which way? Czech public television is clearly not sure. And, a top secret nuclear shelter should soon open up to the public. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The historic Czech Radio building, part of the broader Czech Radio complex found on Prague's Vinohradska and Rimska streets, has officially closed its doors for renovation. A special ceremony was held at the building shortly after 11 am on Friday. It was headed by the director of Czech Radio Vaclav Kasik and attended by several hundred on-lookers. Czech Radio's Vinohradska address witnessed some of the most important events in 20th century Czech history, including fighting at the end of World War II and resistance to invading Warsaw Pact troops in 1968. Renovation work at the radio building is expected to cost 500 million crowns and should be completed in two years' time.
The Czech Radio building has stood on Vinohradska Street for the last 75 years, and witnessed the rise and fall of the First Republic, the Nazi occupation, and then communism. The building itself has featured heavily in recent Czech history, with vicious battles being fought in its vicinity at the end of World War II, and Russian tanks and civilians clashing there again in 1968. But in all of these 75 eventful years of operation, the building has not been renovated once, and now it is in need of a 500 million CZK facelift. On Friday, the building
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