Thursday, 29 June 2017

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Potential threats to Czech press freedom debated in Brussels

Radio Prague |
1 June 2017

The European Commission and European Parliament are examining complaints put forth by Czech MEPs and free press advocates that ANO leader Andrej Babiš's influence over certain media outlets pose a threat to Czech democracy. Also under the microscope are recent comments made, supposedly in jest, by President Miloš Zeman to Vladimir Putin about the need to liquidate journalists.

Prague and Graham Greene focus for new comic book thriller

Radio Prague |
1 June 2017

One of the greatest British novelists of the 20th century, Graham Greene, is the subject of a new comic book by a French scenarist and a US artist. Translated from the French, the title of the just published book is Prague Coup with some of the key episodes focused on Greene's short visit to Prague in February 1948.

Little Crusader to compete for top prize at Karlovy Vary

Radio Prague |
31 May 2017

The Czech film Little Crusader directed by Václav Kadrnka will compete for the Crystal Globe for Best Film in the official competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July.

Environment ministry's water tank rebates program triggers enormous interest

Radio Prague |
31 May 2017

The Environment Ministry's water tank rebates program which should launch a policy of rainwater harvesting and utilization has proved hugely successful with the public.

Meeting Brno celebrates "unity in diversity"

Radio Prague |
31 May 2017

For the second year now the city of Brno has hosted a week-long festival commemorating its rich multicultural past.

Revolt at detention centre for migrants caused by misunderstanding due to language barrier

Radio Prague |
31 May 2017

Police were called to quell a revolt at the Balková detention facility for migrants on Monday after 15 inmates barricaded themselves in one of the rooms and started demolishing the furnishings. A police spokeswoman said the unrest was triggered by the news of a deportation order for one of the migrants.

Czech military to up engagement in fight against terrorism

Radio Prague |
30 May 2017

The Czech Republic will step up its engagement in the fight against international terrorism, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky told Czech Television. He said that in the summer the Czech Republic would send 15 officers to Bagdad, Iraq to help with training of the local police force and that the number of Czech soldiers in Iraq was likely to increase by 150.

Petra Kvitová makes emotional return to tennis with French Open win

Radio Prague |
30 May 2017

Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has made an emotional return to professional tennis, five months after sustaining a potentially career-ending hand injury, with a decisive first round victory in the French Open.

Law on electronic cash registers may impact services at summer music festivals

Radio Prague |
30 May 2017

The law on electronic cash registers which is being introduced in several phases is likely to cause problems at upcoming summer music festivals. Many stall-owners who previous provided refreshments at these events are concerned about reprisals and are seeking ways to avoid having to issue receipts, while others have cancelled attendance.

Christian Democrats aiming high in the autumn general elections

Radio Prague |
30 May 2017

The Christian Democratic Party is gearing up for the autumn general elections. At the party's weekend conference in Prague, its leader Pavel Bělobrádek was re-elected by a strong majority and won approval for an election coalition with the grouping of Mayors and Independents, presenting the alliance as a guarantor of strength, democracy and security in the turbulent and often murky waters of Czech politics.

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