This time of year, everyone is naturally taking stock of 2018 – the highs and lows of the past year – and what may lie ahead. Meanwhile, in Brussels, the EU’s direct initiative to identify, debunk and counter Russia’s disinformation campaign has come out with a list entitled “What did not happen in 2018?”
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Czechs often have trouble assessing information from the media, suggests a
survey carried out by STEM/MARK agency for Czech Television. The results of
the survey were presented on Thursday at a conference on media literacy
organised by the Ministry of Education.
Women over sixty, people with lower education and the unemployed showed lower media literacy than other groups. The survey also suggests that most Czechs don’t have problems with using modern technologies and the internet, but many of them are not aware of who owns or controls the country’s media.
Jakub Kalenský was among the first to join the skeleton staff of the East StratCom Task Force, the European Union’s first direct initiative to identify, debunk and counter Russia’s disinformation campaigns. For the first year or so of the Task Force’s existence, established in the summer of 2015, the Czech former journalist was also the only team member devoted solely to that monumental task.
One of Czech Radio’s leading personalities, journalist and commentator
Jan Petránek has died at the age of 86.
Petránek was actively involved in maintaining Czechoslovak Radio’s underground, independent broadcasts in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He was sacked by the management that same year and reinstated after the fall of communism.
In 2015 the Charter 77 signatory received a medal of merit from President Zeman.
With an average of 909,000 readers, the tabloid Blesk remains to be the most-read Czech daily, suggest a survey by the Czech Publishers’ Association released on Thursday. Blesk is followed by Mladá fronta Dnes with around 556,000 readers and the left-wing Právo with 240,000 readers. The survey also found that 89 percent of the people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period.
Among the recipients of the state awards handed out by President Miloš Zeman on October 28, was Karel Lánský – a legend of Czech Radio broadcasting. For eight dramatic days after the Soviet led-invasion of Czechoslovakia Lánský and his team kept independent Czechoslovak Radio on the airwaves, broadcasting from secret locations in Prague and running the operation from his flat close to the radio’s Vinohrady headquarters.
Sir John Tusa anchored the top UK current affairs show Newsnight in the 1980s before heading the BBC World Service for seven years. Though today a member of the British establishment, he was actually born in Czechoslovakia and moved to England as a small child, when his father, Jan Tůša, was appointed head of UK operations of the Baťa shoe company.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticised the vulgar language used by
President Miloš Zeman in an interview on Czech Radio on Monday. Mr. Babiš
said he understood that the head of state became angry when referring to
the likes of Viktor Kožený, a 1990s financier wanted on an international
arrest warrant, and Zdeněk Bakala, the former owner of mining company OKD.
However, such language was inappropriate, the prime minister said.
The president used one of the strongest Czech expletives in the live interview. Mr. Babiš rarely questions the head of state in public.
The media group Mafra, which is part of the Agrofert conglomerate built up
by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, is taking over the Bauer Media publishing
house in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to a joint press
release issued by the said companies. The acquisition price was not made
Bauer Media produces tabloid titles, lifestyle and women’s magazines.
The prime minister was forced to put the Agrofert conglomerate into a trust fund in order to comply with a strict new conflict of interest law.
Czech martyr Jan Palach’s enduring legacy, 50 years after his self-immolation
Czech property prices rose 10 pct by Sept. last year, among steepest increase in EU
Man sets himself on fire on Wenceslas Square
Bill legalising gay marriage to be debated this week
Pensioner jailed on terror charge over fake “jihadist” attacks