The British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is set to appear in the Czech
lower house of Parliament on Friday, the daily Denik N reports. Mr
Robinson, who is coming to Prague on the invitation of ANO party MP Milan
Pour, is due to attend a conference on children’s rights with a lecture
on the so-called grooming gangs in Britain.
The former leader of the right-wing activist group English Defence League, who currently serves as a political adviser to the leader of the UK Independence Party, has a criminal record with convictions for a number of offences. Mr Robinson has also been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly violating their policies on hate speech.
The Karel Zeman Museum in Prague has completed a project of digitally
restoring three films by the legendary Czech director and animator, museum
co-founder Ondřej Beránek announced on Thursday. The last film to be
digitally restored was the Zeman’s 1956 children’s classic called
Journey to Prehistory.
The joint project of the Czech Film Foundation, the Karel Zeman Museum and Czech Television, called Restoring the World of Fantasy, was launched in 2014. The other two films restored within the project are Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.
The lower house’s Foreign Affairs Committee has supported the Czech
Foreign Ministry’s disapproval of the United States’ recognition of
Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The head of the committee,
Lubomír Zaorálek, said on Thursday that such a move could set a dangerous
precedent for other countries, such as Russia and China, concerning their
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that the Czech Republic considered the Golan Heights to be Israeli occupied territory, in line with the common European position and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
The budget airline Ryanair has launched operation on 16 new lines from
Prague in its summer flight schedule. The latest announced lines include
for instance Zadar, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Marrakesh.
According to Ryanair representative Denise Barabas, the new lines should improve Prague’s accessibility and support the increase of tourism in the Czech Republic.
The Irish low-cost is the third largest air carrier in the Czech Republic after Czech Airlines and Smart Wings. It currently operates 31 routes from Prague airport.
Czech firefighters have had to deal with an increased number of fires over
the past few days, a spokeswoman for the Czech fire corps told the Czech
News Agency on Thursday.
On Wednesday, firefighters were called to assist in 131 fires, which is three times the average.
The upsurge in the incidence of fires has been blamed on the prolonged lack of rain the Czech Republic in recent days.
Prague will be hosting an international conference on cyber-security at the
beginning of May, deputy foreign minister Aleš Chmelař said on Thursday.
The event will be attended by representatives from the EU and NATO but also
by experts from Australia and Japan.
A debate about security of information and communication technologies was triggered in the Czech Republic by a warning by the National and Security Information Agency in connection with Huawei products at the end of last year.
The Prague Roman Catholic Archbishopric has filed criminal charges against
a priest accused of the sexual abuse of a child, the news outlet Deník N
reported. Archbishop Dominik Duka removed the priest from service at the
weekend, the Czech New Agency said.
An alleged victim of the priest in question, Jiří Kylar, said in a statement that Cardinal Duka, who is the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, had begun to feign a forceful response to the issue of sex abuse in recent days.
Mr. Kylar, who was 12 at the time of the alleged abuse, said his case had been made public last September and nothing had been done for months.
The head of the Czech counterintelligence service, Michal Koudelka,
received a top award from America’s CIA last month, Lidovky.cz reported
on Thursday. Mr. Koudelka was presented with the George Tenet award, which
recognises international cooperation, at CIA headquarters in Langley,
Virginia in early March, the news site said.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also attended the ceremony, which took place on the eve of a visit he made to the White House. Mr. Koudelka described the prize as the highest bestowed by the CIA.
Czech President Milos Zeman has twice refused to promote the head of the Security Information Service (known in Czech by the acronym BIS) to the rank of general and has been critical of the agency’s work.
The Czech police have handed over two Iraqis arrested on terror charges to
their Austrian counterparts. Czech migration police detained the pair at
Prague airport a week ago. They are wanted over alleged membership of a
terror cell with an Iraqi man arrested in Vienna over unsuccessful train
attacks in Germany. Austrian officials said they were suspected of links to
Islamic State militants. The pair did not contest their extradition to
The man arrested in Vienna is accused of carrying out two attacks late last year. In one a high-speed train hit a steel cable stretched across tracks between Nuremberg and Munich.