Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines, or our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. You need news that isn't being paid for by campaigns or corporations. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Right now, every new monthly sustaining donation to Democracy Now! will be tripled by a generous supporter. That means if you can give just $4 a month, Democracy Now! gets $12 today.  Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, start your monthly contribution today. Thanks so much. -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

The Embattled Studios of Czech TV

Default content image
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Italy is not the only country wresting with conflicts of interest between the corporate-owned, state-owned, and independent media.

Last December, journalists at the state-owned Czech Television occupied their station to protest the appointment of Jiri Hodac as their new Czech TV director.

Hodac, they alleged, was too close to Vaclav Klaus, speaker of the lower house and head of the conservative Civic Democratic Party. Public suspicions were widespread that Klaus—who is a former prime minister and a potential presidential candidate—hoped that public television’s criticism of politicians would be toned down in the run-up to parliamentary elections set for next year.

Hodac and Klaus denied any close ties.

The journalists enjoyed strong public support: in January, 100,000 people packed Wenceslas Square in Prague to demand the political independence of the station. It was the largest protest seen in Prague since the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Hodac resigned a week later. The Czech TV workers agreed in February to end their seven-week strike after Parliament chose an interim director who immediately ousted top managers who were loyal to Hodac.

We are now joined in the studio by Czech TV journalist Jan Molacek, to talk about what is happening at the station now, and about the state of media in the Czech Republic.

Guest:

  • Jan Molacek, a foreign desk reporter for Czech TV

Related Story

Video squareStorySep 13, 2018NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. The Hurricane May Blast That Waste into Waterways
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop