The ransomware attack early on Wednesday that disabled the computer system
of a hospital in Benešov, central Bohemia, is far from an isolated
incident, the Czech News Agency (ČTK) reports.
This year, one in five Czech healthcare facilities have been subject to attempted blackmail by hackers demand ransom money to unencrypt data, the agency says, citing Kaspersky antivirus statistics.
The Benešov hospital had to postpone planned operations and turn away new patients due to the cyberattack, and some of its equipment and services remain offline.
Czech-American director Miloš Forman’s 1984 biopic Amadeus is among the
films added to the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry this
Each year the Registry adds 25 films, chosen for their cultural, historic
and aesthetic importance to America’s film heritage.
Forman left Czechoslovakia for America after the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1977.
Amadeus is considered among the best films of all time. It received 40 awards, including eight Oscars (including the Academy Award for Best Picture), four BAFTAs, four Golden Globe Awards, and a Directors Guild of America award.
The US Embassy in Prague has honoured Šimon Pánek, a Velvet Revolution
student leader and founder of People in Need, one of the largest
humanitarian aid NGOs in the region.
Pánek was presented with the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Prize on International Human Rights Day. The distinction, named after the American-born wife of the first Czechoslovak president, is awarded to personalities for their work in that area.
People in Need (Člověk v tísni) is an internationally recognized Czech humanitarian organisation active in the fields of humanitarian aid, development and education.
Pánek founded the NGO in 1988 by organising a collection to aid victims of a devastating earthquake in Armenia.
Recently, Russia’s Ministry of Justice declared the Czech NGO “undesirable”, effectively banning it from operating in that country.
A Prague district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former of
Prague National Gallery head Jiří Fajt over his dismissal from the
Fajt claimed his eventual successor, Ivan Morávek, had no power to sack him when he was the nominal interim director.
Morávek had been chosen to lead the Prague National Gallery by the outgoing Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk (Social Democrats).
His sacking of Fajt, as well as then Olomouc Museum of Art head Michal Soukup, was viewed by critics as politically motivated.
The initiative “A Million Moments for Democracy”, which is calling for
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) to step down over alleged corruption and
conflicts of interest regarding EU funds and subsidies, held another mass
rally on Tuesday.
Police estimate around 50,000 people turned out for the demonstration on Prague’s Wenceslas Square while ‘Million Moments’ put the figure at 80,000 demonstrators.
The initiative has held a series of protests against Babiš since late April, when Czech police proposed that he be charged with EU subsidy fraud. Their largest demonstration, in mid-November, drew some 300,000 people.
Slavia Prague lost 1:2 against German side Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s
last round of Champions’ League group stage matches. Dortmund’s Jadon
Sancho put the home team in the lead in the 10th minute, but Slavia’s
Tomáš Souček managed to equalise just before the end of the first half.
Despite chances, Slavia was not able to put another goal in the net and
Julian Brandt scored the winner for Dortmund in the 61st minute.
Slavia finished bottom in the table, five points behind third placed Inter Milan, losing four games and drawing two. However, the Czech team’s performance has been viewed by many Slavia fans as dignified in view of the elite teams the Prague side had to face. Meanwhile, Dortmund’s victory means the team has qualified for the knockout phase along with Barcelona.
The local Council of Prague’s Řeporyje district unanimously voted to
erect a memorial to the fallen solders of the Russian Liberation Army
(Vlasovci), who took part in the liberation of Prague from Nazi Germany
during the final days of World War Two. The monument should be finished in
2020, on the 75th anniversary of the war and, according to the local mayor
Pavel Novotny, will be protected by a camera surveillance system and
anti-graffiti coating. The Russian embassy in Prague and Russian diplomacy
had previously objected to the construction of the monument. The Russian
embassy in Prague has protested against the construction of the memorial in
recent weeks, calling it an “absolutely mad initiative” which helps
The Russian Liberation Army was a military unit made up of citizens of the Soviet Union, often desperate prisoners of war, who had been recruited to fight on the German side during the last years of the war.
A survey conducted by the Institute for Evaluations and Social Analyses for
the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs shows that 85 percent of Czechs
would support the establishment of some sort of social housing law. Most
respondents stated that they would prefer the establishment of social
homes, or special streets and neighbourhoods intended for the purpose.
Currently the Czech Republic is still waiting for a social housing law to be passed through parliament, despite the draft receiving government approval in 2017.
Next Tuesday, a week after the tragic shootings at the University Hospital
in Ostrava, sirens across the country will hoot for a short period at
mid-day, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the press on Tuesday. He
said that the remembrance act will be similar to that which took place
after the shooting in Uherský Brod in 2015.
This Tuesday morning, construction engineer Ctirad V. killed six people and injured a further three before taking his own life, using an illegally owned handgun. It is the second most deadly shooting in modern Czech history, only preceded by the murder of eight people in Uherský Brod, where eight people were shot in a restaurant before the gunman turned the weapon on himself.