Czech courts convict two people for racist online hate speech about newborn, three more are under investigation
The weekly RESPEKT reported last week that in November 2018 the Czech courts convicted two of the five people being investigated in association with the scandal of hateful commentaries being posted online about a boy born in 2017 in the town of Třinec to a Czech mother and Kurdish father. More suspects remain under investigation.
The Facebook page of the Zprávy.cz news server, which draws from local and regional newspapers, shared a photograph of the child, and hateful comments about him began to appear beneath the post, some of which expressed a desire for the child's death. Pavel Hrabák, the first of those posting to be convicted of hate speech, posted the following: "This is garbage, it's in the genes. This will just keep multiplying here, how many offspring will a nigger like this have 25 years from now? If it were up to me I would stomp on his neck."
"Pavel Hrabák has been found guilty of inciting hatred against a group of persons and the limitation of their rights and freedoms and has been sentenced with full effect to 100 hours of community service work," Zuzana Barochová, a spokesperson for the Prague 6 District Court, told RESPEKT. The second of those charged in the case so far, Lad'a Vyskočilová, has been given a much harsher sentence for posting this remark: "That has no business being here, if I were the obstetrician I'd have a bucket full of that during one morning."
"The woman was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for four years," Karel Menšík, the vice-president of the court in Vyškov, told RESPEKT. The weekly believes her sentence is harsher because she has a criminal record, having been convicted more than 10 times before, primarily for theft.
In both cases, according to RESPEKT, the courts handed down their decisions without holding a public hearing. Neither of those convicted has objected to the verdict.
The investigation of another three suspects is not yet completed. The case of Josef Karban, who wrote "Drown immediately" beneath the child's photograph, is still being dealt with by police.
Karban is now claiming he did not write the commentary but that somebody else used his account to do so. Last year, however, he told RESPEKT that "he came home from the pub in the evening, he had a few drinks in him, he saw those commentaries beneath the photo and he got agitated."
Another of those under investigation is complicating the work of the prosecutor because he has long been abroad. As for the last suspect, a man from the Teplice area, it is not yet clear whether he will he charged.
- German MP who recently visited Czech President met with South African racists on official visit
- Fifteen anti-racist and Roma NGOs call on EU countries to commit to updating their Romani Integration Strategies after 2020
- Slovakia: Romani women giving birth allege they are subjected to physical violence, racism in hospitals
- New comedy series on Czech public television to feature crude humor, racist remarks and vulgar language
- Romani LGBT activist David Tišer on Czech state holiday: Hatemongers are representing us
- Czech court finds author of death threats against human rights defenders committed a politically-motivated hate crime
- Czech lower courts consider online comment calling for asylum-seekers to be set on fire a misdemeanor, Supreme Court to rule now
- Czech tabloid will not be inviting ultra-right party representatives to its online debates
- Czech Police refute rumors that defecation in public pool was done by Roma - defamatory article sparked a racist wave online
- Czech politician spreads hateful racist hoaxes online against dark-skinned footballers, Muslims and Roma
- Czech Police charge young woman over hateful online speech against first-graders
- BBC reports Twitter makes it possible to target ads at members of hate groups or teens with eating disorders
- Czech commercial television station broadcast racist jokes on Christmas, broadcast council warns they broke the law
- Czech Republic: Driver runs into Romani boy in crosswalk, shouts racist abuse at him and drives off
- Czech Supreme Court upholds sentence for terrorist who supports ultranationalist party
- Czech student resigns from academic senate after his racist past is revealed
- Slovakia: Romani girl's racist Facebook post under investigation by authorities
- Czech fan of ultra-nationalist party gets suspended sentence for wearing Nazi symbols to demonstration
- Germany: Right-wing extremists "patrolling" in Berlin
- Romani rapper Alex Dzurko's new video criticizes "Facebook warriors" and racists, laments social divisions
- Thirty years of freedom: Roma in the Czech Republic wanted totalitarianism to end, value the chance to do business, lament antigypsyism
- Czech Regional Court returns online hate speech case about death threats against first-graders to lower court, more evidence needed
- Michal Mižigár: What democracy brought us Romani people in the Czech Republic in the 1990s