Jiri Balvin, the director of the Czech Republic's public television network Czech Television since last November, has been sacked by the network's supervisory board. He is criticized for failing to introduce greater transparency in financing, for installing secret cameras to spy on employees, for poor programming and, above all, for failing to overcome Czech TV's lingering identity crisis.
A well-known Czech journalist, former dissident, human rights activist, and until recently a Czech government human rights envoy, Petr Uhl, has received an award for his work as a journalist from the international organization Reporters Without Borders. He received the "Signal for Europe" award for his life-long commitment to promoting the freedom of the press.
As of this week Czech teenagers have one more forum where they can air their views on any subject under the sun. The latest internet magazine on the Czech scene is called JUNIORPRESS and it is expected to bring a whole new dimension to the Czech media scene - the world as seen through the eyes of Czech teenagers. Daniela Lazarova has the story:
Former Foreign Minister Jan Kavan arrived in the Czech Republic this weekend to face the music over the Karel Srba affair. Mr Srba, a former senior Foreign Ministry official hired by Mr Kavan, is in custody over his alleged involvement in an attempt to kill Mlada Fronta Dnes journalist Sabina Slonkova, known for her high-profile exposés of corruption at the ministry.
The case involving an alleged plot to kill the Czech investigative reporter, Sabina Slonkova took a new turn on Tuesday. Because one of the prime suspects is a former senior foreign ministry official, the Czech President Vaclav Havel has now suggested that the man's boss at the time, former foreign minister Jan Kavan, should resign from his posts in international organisations. Dita Asiedu has the story:
There are countries in the world where threats and even murders of journalists are no exception. Between 1992 and 2001, 389 journalists were killed around the world, 18 of them women. Only 91 reporters died while covering armed conflicts. The majority were investigative journalists. Only 20 cases have been solved and the murderers punished. Is Czech Republic becoming dangerous for journalists too? Pavla Horakova has more.
Police arrested four people on Monday in connection with an alleged plot to kill a top investigative journalist. The four - who include a former senior government official - allegedly conspired to kill Sabina Slonkova, a journalist with the leading daily Mlada Fronta Dnes, in the most high-profile case in the Czech Republic's post-Communist history. Rob Cameron has the story.
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