The Prague High Public Prosecutor’s Office has filed indictments against
five people and two institutions over the alleged abuse of sports
The defendants are likely former Football Association chairman Miroslav Pelta, Czech Sport Union head Miroslav Jansta and their organizations, as well as former Ministry of Education officials.
Prague 5 councillors have voted to erect a stature to Ferdinand Peroutka,
known as the “father of Czech journalism”.
Peroutka was interned in the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald for his democratic convictions. He fled Czechoslovakia after the Communist takeover and went on to lead Radio Free Europe’s Czech service. Today, annual awards to outstanding Czech journalists are given out in his name.
In a speech at a Holocaust conference in 2015, President Miloš Zeman falsely claimed Peroutka had penned a pre-war article titled “Hitler is a gentleman”. The journalist’s granddaughter has waged a protracted legal battle suing for an apology.
Prague-born jazz guitarist Rudy Linka was named a goodwill ambassador for
the Czech Republic on Monday at a ceremony presided over by Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček.
Mr Linka has been organising the annual Bohemia Jazz Fest since 2005.
Previous goodwill ambassadors include Lucie Mádlová, founder of the Association of Social Responsibility; seven-time world martial arts champion Martina Ptáčková; and Czech-Nigerian choreographer Yemi Akinyemi Dele.
Some 25,400 people with Czech mobile phone numbers spent this past weekend
in countries particularly hard hit by the coronavirus.
According to the Czech Association of Mobile Networks Operators, around 23,900 of their customers were in Italy, 400 in China, 420 in South Korea, 250 in Singapore, 390 in Japan and 64 in Iran.
All these travellers received text messages informing them of the risk of contracting Covid-19 and directing them to the Czech Ministry of Health website.
The Ministry of the Interior is moving ahead with plans to build a new
Police headquarters in Prague’s Zbraslav district, having resolved
transport issues, the daily E15 reports.
Up to 1,000 police officers and other personnel will work from the new premises, mainly members of the Central Office against Organised Crime and the Institute of Criminology.
The project, which is being co-financed by the European Union, could be completed by 2024. The estimated cost has risen from 3.3 billion to 5.5 billion crowns, according to E15.
The National Security Council has adopted further travel restrictions and
other measures aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus in the Czech
Republic. The country’s first three Covid-19 cases were confirmed on
The Council announced that flights to and from South Korea would be suspended as of Tuesday and further restrictions on connection with the northern Italian cities of Milan, Venice, Bologna and Bergamo would be put in place following European Commission approval.
Earlier, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš appealed to Czechs not to travel to Italy in the coming days. He also stressed that anyone who has been in high-risk locations and has coronavirus-like symptoms should report their symptoms by phone rather than seeking medical attention at clinics or hospitals.
The Security Council, which will meet again on Wednesday to evaluate the current development around the coronavirus, also decided that World Cup biathlon races in Nové Město na Moravě would take place but without spectators.
The State Health Institute is operating two information lines around the clock. (People who have questions regarding the coronavirus can call 724 810 106 or 725 191 367.)
Czech country music singer/songwriter Jan Vyčítal died on Sunday at the
age of 77. He was a founding member of the sixties-era band Greenhorns and
an accomplished cartoonist.
Vyčítal wrote most of the lyrics for the band, which was forced to change its name to Zelenáči during the Normalisation period. He also penned Czech-language covers of scores of American country hits.
The two Czechs and one American national who were confirmed to have the
coronavirus on Sunday are said to be suffering from a light form of the
infection. They remain in isolation in the infectious diseases ward of
Prague’s Bulovka Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Czech Hygiene Office is tracing their movements in the Czech Republic in order to locate other individuals who may be at risk.
Over 300 Czechs, most of whom spent time in high-risk areas in Italy, are in quarantine. Thousands of Czechs are believed to have visited Italy during the winter school holidays.
Several hundred people took part in a protest march and demonstration
against “forces undermining democratic institutions in the Czech
Republic” in Prague on Sunday afternoon. The protest was organized by the
civic movement Million Moments for Democracy which has led some of the
biggest anti-government protests since the fall of communism.
The movement is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Babiš, over his alleged conflict of interest and recently opposed the appointment of Marie Benešová to the post of justice minister. This latest protest on Prague’s Old Town Square was sparked by the appointment of Stanislav Křeček to the post of ombudsman.
Křeček, who was nominated by President Miloš Zeman, and elected by the Chamber of Deputies, angered his critics by saying he would defend the rights of the “majority society” and that Romanies should take care of their own rights. He has also come under fire for his description of Muslim migrants as an “invasion”.
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