Voice of America (VOA), today the largest U.S. government-funded international broadcaster, ceased its Czech language broadcasts exactly 15 years ago today, on 27 February 2004, shortly ahead of the country’s accession to the European Union. The move followed budget cuts by the U.S. Congress and, the Cold War long over, a shift to “new audiences and new priorities”. We look back at the station’s local legacy.
Hundreds of people attended a screening of the final episode of the hit TV
series MOST! on Monday evening at a pub in the north Bohemian town where it
was partly set. Members of the cast were also in attendance at the
now-famous hostelry in Most and signed autographs for the public.
MOST! was written by Peter Kolečko and directed by Jana Prušinovský. Producers Czech Television say the eight-part show had the highest ratings of any Czech-made comedy in several years.
Thousands of people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended rallies on
Thursday evening in to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Slovak
investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
The gatherings, organised by the civic initiative For a Decent Slovakia,
took place in a number of Czech and Slovak cities and towns, but also in
Warsaw, Paris, Barcelona, or Copenhagen.
The biggest demonstration took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava, which was attended by an estimated 20,000 people, including the father of Ján Kuciak. The protesters were also shouting slogans against former Slovak PM Robert Fico and his senior ruling party SMER-Social Democracy.
Thursday is the first anniversary of the shocking murder of Ján Kuciak, a young Slovak journalist who was gunned down with his fiancé. One year on rallies in the couple’s honour are being held in Slovakia and Prague, while a new investigative journalism centre in Bratislava has been named after Kuciak. But have perceptions of reporters changed in this part of the world?
Which Central Europeans are most likely to believe conspiracy theories? Which are most nostalgic for the communist regime or pro-NATO? The answers may well surprise you, say researchers at Globsec, a Bratislava-based think-tank focused on security and sustainability in Europe. Katarína Klingová and Miroslava Sawiris, two of the co-authors of the Globsec report “Generation Trends”, spoke to Radio Prague about what the data reveal about the complexity of regional perceptions of geopolitics. I began by asking them about orientation – East or West?
A free global network for poets and poetry lovers, developed in the Czech Republic, has recently been launched in the United States. Called Poetizer, it allows its users to publish and share their poems and aims to serve as an alternative to the existing social platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. The site was originally founded in 2017 as a mobile app and currently covers some 120 countries with over 65,000 poems written by its users.
The Czech Big Brother awards, recognizing the biggest privacy intruders of 2018, have gone to Facebook, the Czech Financial Administration and the company iRobot, producing intelligent vacuum cleaners. In the Czech Republic the awards have been presented since 2005 by the Iuridicum remedium civic association.
The Czech Republic has a new media freedom watchdog. A number of leading journalists this week established a Czech branch of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists set up to protect press freedom and support independent journalism wherever it is under threat.
Investigative reporters Ondřej Kundra and Jaroslav Kmenta have each been
awarded the prestigious Ferdinand Peroutka Prize for their work in
uncovering corruption among politicians and businesses.
The Ferdinand Peroutka Prize, launched in 1995, is named after one of the most prominent Czech journalists of the 20th century. It honours those who show great integrity in work.
Both the recipients work for weekly magazines: Kundra, for Respekt, and Kmenta for Reportér.
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