There are an estimated 13,000 female prostitutes working in the Czech
Republic, according to data released on Thursday by the NGO Rozkoš bez
rizika, which provides counselling for sex-workers. About half of them are
single mothers, with around 13 percent of those having three or more
The survey also suggests that the number of Czech women for whom prostitution is their main source of income has been gradually increasing. They currently make up around 82 percent of all female sex-workers operating in the Czech Republic.
The annual Vinyla alternative music award for Czech LP of the year went to
the rock band Povodí Ohře for their album of the same name. Prague
producer Bílej kluk won the Newcomer of the Year category, while the award
for the Achievement of the Year went to ZVUK, an independent platform for
music education and projects in the field of electronic music and sound
The Vinyla Awards were founded in 2011 with the aim to acknowledge artists who bring original and innovative elements to the Czech music scene. The prizes were handed out at a ceremony in Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar on Wednesday evening.
Czech energy giant ČEZ says it is planning to invest CZK 1.5 billion into the Temelín nuclear power plant this year. The money will be spread between 180 separate investments. ČEZ says its main aim is to modernise the country’s largest power plant and strengthen its security. This includes new camera systems and barriers. Improvements are set to be installed in the individual blocks during their scheduled two-month long interruptions. Block 1 will shut down on March 1 and Block in the second half of June.
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency is set to send a reply to Huawei today, following the company’s request for a cancellation or modification of the agency‘s warning that Huawei and ZTE products should not be used in Czech critical infrastructure. Huawei says the warning was in violation of international law and has threatened the Czech Republic with an international lawsuit. Huawei’s media representative Filip Matys told the Czech News Agency that the letter is not an ultimatum and that the company will not limit its technologies used in the country’s domestic telephone networks. The Czech government asked critical infrastructure administrators to analyse the risks posed by using Chinese hardware and software in January.
24 percent of all mayors in the Czech Republic are women, the Office of the
Government said on Wednesday. Women’s representation in local councils is
slightly higher, at 28 percent. While these statistics still point to a
large disparity betweem men and women in local politics, the Office of
Government says it is the highest percentage yet.
According to the NGO Fórum 50%, which supports equal participation of women and men in politics and in decision making, the disparity in numbers is due to parties rarely placing enough women on their candidate lists. In the most recent communal elections, only a third of the candidates were women, government statistics show.
Only around 20 percent of Czechs are seriously worried about becoming
victims of identity theft, and just over a tenth of Czechs regularly change
their online passwords, a study by the company Europ Assistance shows. The
numbers are low in comparison to the average European cyber threat
perception level, which Europ Assistance says currently lies at 30 percent.
The study also reveals that Czechs are paradoxically more afraid than their neighbours of less likely scenarios, such as hackers accessing their emails and social media searches. Furthermore, only 14 percent said they know a victim of cybercrime, a statistic that Europ Assistance says could be linked to the fact that Czechs often fail to notice they have been hacked.
Many in the Czech Republic are currently gripped by the sitcom ‘Most!’
broadcast by Czech Television. The main hero of the show, who is an open
racist, also heads one of the city’s leading NGO’s supporting the local
Roma through state funds. Now a report by Czech Radio has revealed that
this may in fact be a reality. Pavel Pöschl from a Most based NGO called
Čonoro ran for office in local elections for a party which featured a
slogan saying that ‘Not even exterminating agents are enough for this
Mr. Pöschl became Čonoro’s statutory representative just a month ahead of the elections. He is involved in social counseling in areas including the notorious Roma ghetto of Chánov in Most. He claims that the accusation is nothing more than a twisted story from the media. However, the leader of the party that had Mr. Pöschl on their candidate list explained the slogan in similar racist terms already ahead of the elections.
Jan Hamáček, the leader of the Social Democrats, a junior partner in the minortiy government, told Czech Radio that if the prime minister were to sack Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, it could lead to the fall of the government. Since assuming office in October 2018 Mr. Petříček’s foreign policy has come under criticism from President Miloš Zeman and the Communist Party, which is supporting the current minority government. The leader of the Social Democrats said that removing Mr. Petříček from office could only be done following a proposal by his party and that any other move would be in violation of the coalition treaty. It is not the first time the current foreign minister has received support from his own party. In November, the Social Democrats responded to criticism regarding his stance on the conflict in Ukraine by saying that he is fulfilling the long-term concept of Czech foreign policy.
The Czech Statistics Office has reported a five month high in year-on-year inflation growth, which reached 2.5 percent in January. Housing costs as well as alcohol and tobacco prices experienced a particularly high surge. The highest increase is noticeable in electricity prices, which went up by 8.2 percent. Meanwhile food supplies experienced the biggest decrease in costs, with sugar prices down by almost a third. However, foodstuffs are soon expected to increase as well. Analysts expect inflation rates to continue to rise up to 2.7 percent in the coming months. However, they expect the economy’s lower growth predictions in 2019 will eventually slow down inflation as well.