10 most-read articles on Romea.cz during 2013 - Czech and English editions
The Czech-language article that was read the most in 2013 on news server Romea.cz was our piece in July about a controversial art project for a Czech-Roma flag. That project culminated on the last day of 2013 when Romea.cz was the first to publish the information that the author of the exhibit must now pay a fine for disgracing the official symbols of the Czech Republic; he is appealing.
The "silver" medal for most-read article goes to our piece about the birth of the first quintuplets in the Czech Republic to Romani parents, which prompted an unprecedented wave of hatred and racism. The third most-read article was a report in August about preparations for simultaneous anti-Romani neo-Nazi demonstrations throughout the country.
Many of the top 10 most-read articles in the Czech edition were about this year's hate demonstrations. The brutal assault on a married couple in Duchcov and the murder of a Romani man in Teplice also made the top 10.
The eighth most-read article concerned martial arts. In May a Hungarian neo-Nazi was scheduled to come to the Czech Republic as part of a sports tour, but thanks to Romea.cz's reporting, his participation in the event was cancelled.
TOP 10 most-read articles of 2013 on Romea.cz – Czech edition:
1. Výtvarník Tomáš Rafa: Návrh nové, česko-romské vlajky. Kterou vyberete? (16.7.2013 16:15) - 30 304 reads
English version: Artist exhibits designs for new Czech-Roma flag
2. Narození paterčat zvedlo vlnu rasismu, nenávisti a závisti. To odsoudil bývalý primátor Liberce Jan Korytář, (3.6.2013 16:12) - 2 574 reads
English version: Czech Republic: Birth of Roma quintuplets prompts hate online
3. Chystá se největší hon na Romy v novodobé historii České republiky. Politici k tomu zarytě mlčí, (23.8.2013 13:10) - 27 446 reads
4. V Duchcově došlo k brutálnímu napadení manželů. Pachateli jsou podle velitele strážníků Romové, (23.5.2013 14:58) - 26 670 reads
English version: The initial article was not translated, but follow-up pieces on the incident were (see Czech Republic: Anti-Roma demonstrations tomorrow in Duchcov over assault)
5. Svědek: V Teplicích nešlo o hádku kvůli klobáse, ale o brutální rasistickou vraždu - 21 bodných ran, (27.5.2013 14:03) - 26 303 reads
English version: Czech Republic: Media downplay last weekend’s racist murder
7. Ostrava on-line: Po pokusu o pogrom na ostravské Romy pochodovalo městem asi 500 Romů, neonacisté nakonec utekli, (28.10.2013 15:19), 19 530 reads
8. Maďarský neonacista přijede na turnaj bojových sportů, Praha a Česká televize se od akce distancují, dalším to nevadí, (15.5.2013 16:30) - 18 561 readsEnglish version: The initial article was not translated, but a follow-up piece on the outcome was (see Czech organizers cancel wrestling match featuring Hitler-tattooed neo-Nazi in response to protests)
9. Útočníky z Duchcova se během napadení snažili zastavit jiní Romové. Jeden z útočníků se veřejně omluvil, (28.5.2013 11:38) - 16 876 reads
10. On-line: Na sídlišti Máj v klidu diskutovalo asi 400 lidí, policie později zasáhla proti neonacistům, více jak 100 lidí zadrženo, (6.7.2013 11:30), 16 834 reads
The most-read article on the English edition of news server Romea.cz in 2013 was our article about a group of neo-Nazis attempting to take a fair-skinned little boy away from his Romani parents directly on the street in Serbia. That piece was reported in the context of the worldwide media hysteria about light-skinned children being “discovered” by authorities in families with darker-skinned Romani parents in Greece and Ireland.
The “silver” medal for the English edition went to an article not directly connected to the Romani community, but to human rights in general - our piece about a protest demonstration in the Czech Republic in support of the imprisoned members of the punk band Pussy Riot. Third place went to an August article about an anti-Romani demonstration in Ostrava.
As in the Czech edition of Romea.cz, articles about anti-Romani hate demonstrations in the Czech Republic were among the most-read pieces of the year. English-speaking readers of Romea.cz were also drawn to an article about successful Romani footballers, which was the fifth most-read piece on the English version of Romea.cz.
TOP 10 most-read articles in 2013 on Romea.cz – English edition
1. Serbia: Skinheads try to abduct fair-skinned child from Romani family (23.10.2013 17:50) - 4 128 reads
2. Russian Embassy in Prague surrounded by 1 000 Pussy Riot supporters (29.9.2013 20:38) - 3 529 reads
3. Czech Republic: Hundreds of rampaging neo-Nazis attempt pogrom against Romani people in Ostrava (25.8.2013 0:29) – 2 771 reads
4. Europe Roma International plans demonstration against neo-Nazism in front of Czech embassies worldwide (29.8.2013 21:02) - 2 608 reads
5. Famous Romani players in world football (27.5.2013 22:32) - 2 547 reads
6. Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis attempt pogrom in Ostrava, 500 Roma march against them (28.10.2013 21:25) - 2 257 reads
7. Commentary: Frustration, political vacuum, and a society without vision (1.9.2013 1:06) - 2 155 reads
8. Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis attempt pogrom on Roma, commit arson, nine injured, 28 arrests (29.6.2013 20:19) - 2 148 reads
9. Slovakia: Romani man decapitated while still alive (1.1.2013 0:05) - 1 833 reads
10. 200 neo-Nazis march on Czech town, police confiscate pepper spray, truncheons (1.5.2013 22:49) – 1 739 reads
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- Czech artists donate works to charity auction for Romani scholarships
- Czech Education Minister: Situation at school that hired private security because of disruptive pupils has been blown out of proportion, new resources can help
- Czech primary school hires private security, ROMEA organization offers aid to the management
- Czech capital sees gathering of Romani students awarded scholarships by the ROMEA organization
- Czech documentary film LETY will screen online for free on 13 May, followed by live chat with producers
- Radek Banga refuses interview for ROMEA TV, objects to articles published by news server Romea.cz and to hateful attacks against him on Czech social media
- Performer Jan Bendig declines invitation to join discussion on ROMEA TV, issues social media statement about his TV series
- Romani students in the Czech Republic can apply to ROMEA for scholarships in June
- Romani organizations launch campaign about the census that "features" Czech President Zeman
- Czech ombudsman attacks ROMEA organization for criticizing racist joke by incoming Chief Public Health Officer
- During Czech COVID-19 pandemic, NGO distributes more than 80 laptops to Romani students for distance learning