Evidence has emerged that Prima TV ordered its journalists to report negatively on refugees. In a recording of an editorial meeting last year, the channel’s head of news is heard telling reporters to present asylum seekers as a threat or consider finding new jobs. The audio file was made public on Tuesday by independent news website HlídacíPes.org and has sparked a debate about journalistic ethics. I asked Hlídací Pes’s founder Robert Břešťan how he had reacted on first hearing the recording.
Evidence has emerged that the commercial television station Prima ordered journalists to report negatively on the migrant crisis, iDnes.cz reported. The news website HlídacíPes.org on Tuesday posted an audio recording of a meeting at Prima where reporters were told that the station’s management regarded refugees as a threat; if they refused to accept this line, they ought to find new jobs. Prior to the posting of the recording, Prima representatives had referred to the allegations as “speculation”.
The Ministry of the Interior is to set up a special team to monitor foreign propaganda, Czech Television reported on Wednesday. The group, comprising around 30 people, will be tasked with curbing the influence of Russia and other states on media and social networks in the Czech Republic. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec told the broadcaster that it was necessary to react to such propaganda and to at least be aware of what direction such activities were taking.
One of the familiar voices that will forever be associated with Czechoslovak Radio belongs to Miloslav Disman, who worked here between 1930 and 1973, and who changed the style of radio broadcasting in this country, with such informal programmes as Okénko (which you just heard a snippet of), and through a radio children’s ensemble, which bears his name to this day.
Today it is easy to forget that Prague’s Letná Park overlooking the city once served as a pedestal to the largest statue in the world of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Derisively referred to as ‘fronta na maso’ (queue for meat), the massive granite work featured the marshal followed by a line of anonymous ‘heroes of the proletariat’. Prague was freed of the sculptural monstrosity in 1962; now, thanks to a film crew shooting the story of sculptor Otakar Švec, Stalin will temporarily return.
Czech head of state Miloš Zeman is known for his controversial statements that keep him in the public eye. And this week he stirred up a strong response after suggesting that public service television broadcaster Czech Television be nationalized because it is, he alleges, a mouthpiece for one political party alone. And the president appears willing to follow up his words with action.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has come under fire for suggesting that public service television broadcaster Czech Television be nationalised and no longer financed by license payments. Zeman made the comments in replies to a website. And his spokesman on Thursday said that the president is seeking to have talks with Minister of Finance and ANO leader Andrej Babiš about such a move. Babiš sadi that the financing of the broadcaster was not transparent and that the influence of politicians should be removed from it. The director of Czech Television said the state financed model of public service television belonged better to states to the east of the Czech Republic.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, says that public broadcaster Czech Television should be nationalised and financed directly from the state budget instead of via a license fee. Responding to users questions on the website Parlamentní listy, he also said that the station was a mouthpiece for the right-wing party TOP 09. Its chairman Miroslav Kalousek denied the assertion and said that Mr. Zeman and those around him were attacking Czech Television as they did not regard free speech as important.
Could you be happy without alcohol? Have you ever had sex with a stranger? Would you participate in an uprising against those in power? These are just some of the nearly 150 questions covering a large range of subjects given to people aged 18 to 34 across Europe within a project called Generation What. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union along with national broadcasters, the aim of project is to offer a unique look into the mind-set and realities of life of young Europeans today. For the first time this year, the Czech Republic joined as
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