The winners of this year’s Czech Press Photo – a competition recognising the very best in Czech and Slovak photojournalism, were announced on Monday, with the main prize going to Slovak photographer Joe Klamar, who shoots for AFP. Mr Klamar won with an unusual photo from a series covering US President Barack Obama’s visit to Prague in April, including a highly-attended speech on Prague’s Hradčany square. The photo, taken on a misty and overcast day, was awarded for its originality, capturing as the jury suggested, a “symbolic dialogue” between Mr Obama and
The Senate’s media commission is to propose the scrapping of radio and TV license fees as of 2011. The proposal, which is to be put to the Senate this week, envisages a system under which public radio and TV broadcasters would be funded from the state budget. The respective media are against the proposal saying it could threaten their independence.
The acting director of Czech Radio, Richard Medek, was elected the new CEO of the country’s public broadcaster on Wednesday. Mr Medek, who was appointed the acting director after the Czech Radio Council removed the previous CEO in July, said his priorities included a 10 percent job cut and a licence fee raise. Mr Medek was previously Czech Radio’s programme director, and has also worked in several commercial media outlets.
For a few weeks just after the fall of communism, Radio Prague went silent. Its days as a tool in the Cold War were over. After huge staff cuts, and with the old communist managers gone, Radio Prague went back on air early in 1990. A new era began for the English Section, and with so many sweeping social and economic changes under way, there was plenty to report about.
The prestigious World Press Photo 2008 has opened at its traditional venue, Charles University’s Carolinum in the Prague city centre, with winning photos highlighting major events from last year – from the election of US President Barack Obama to scenes of conflict such as the war between Russia and Georgia. This year the jury choose some 60 winners from 96,000 entries.
Czech parents may well be relieved to know that, if the latest studies are anything to go by, their children are still keen readers. And what are they reading? Well, how about Psycho for Kids and Baby Punk…? Such is the rich new world of Czech children’s writing and publishing, post-1989. It’s a world where poetry, music and visual art have come to overlap with some surprising results. In reaction to four decades of censorship, just about anything goes and there is little nostalgia for the old days. The journalist Kateřina Kadlecová has taken a
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.
For many Czechs, politics is a world of its own, with its own rules and strange characters. Some back their candidates based on things that have little to do with their actual policies, or their record, and some get their ideas from the media. One of the country’s most respected, and wittiest, political commentators is Bohumil Doležal.
The Czech government has approved a European Union directive governing product placement in films and television serials. Under the regulations, it would have to be made clear in film or serial credits that particular products were being promoted, though such product placement would not be allowed in programmes for children. The Czech lower house is expected to vote on the matter in the next couple of months.
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