Last week radio and television broadcasters from across the world - from China to the United States - gathered in Prague to discuss the future of international broadcasting. This was the third annual conference of the Association of International Broadcasters. This year there was a huge amount to discuss, especially with the intense and long-running debate over the role of the media in the war in Iraq. And there was also plenty of discussion over issues directly relevant to us at Radio Prague - what is the future for smaller international broadcasters
Many of our listeners in Europe and the Middle East may have already noticed a new TV commercial that kicked-off on international stations at the beginning of May inviting tourists to the beautiful Czech Republic. The project was funded by the Ministry for Regional Development and coordinated and shot by the CzechTourism agency. Jan Velinger got in touch with the director of CzechTourism, David Gladis, to find out more about the campaign, with Mr Gladis telling Jan that for Czechs the commercial represented a major "first".
In places like Britain and America, Sunday broadsheet newspapers are something of an institution. They usually come packed full of extra supplements, which keep whole families occupied as they while away the lazy hours of this traditional day of rest. Now the Czech Republic has seen a similar Sunday publication hit the shelves of newsagents around the country.
Rob Cameron's guest in this week's One on One is Pavel Pechacek, a Czech journalist of some 40 years' standing. Pavel spent much of his life in exile, working as a reporter and producer for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. He was the director of the Czech service of RFE from just before the fall of Communism in 1989 until the service was closed down last year, and is now the RFE's Director of Czech Affairs. His family faced persecution from two totalitarian regimes - first the Nazis, then the Communists. Indeed one of Pavel's
There were scenes of great joy at Prague airport early on Sunday morning when three Czech journalists kidnapped last week in Iraq were reunited with their families. The three - Czech Radio's Vit Pohanka, and Michal Kubal and Petr Klima of Czech Television - had been abducted by a group of Iraqi insurgents the previous Sunday, before being released on Friday after intense diplomatic negotiations. The news that they had been freed was greeted with great relief in the Czech Republic: many had feared the worst for the three journalists.
The results of a study released recently show that Czechs are the most liberal nation when it comes to anything to do with sex. Overseen by one of our leading sex therapists, Petr Weiss, the study suggests that Czechs are among the most liberal nations in the world with regards to issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and infidelity. Only five percent of respondents were against abortions; the overwhelming majority believes that it should be up to the woman to decide whether or not to abort. Five percent also rejected homosexuality; however,
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