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Czech Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman. (2019) (PHOTO:  Czech Constitutional Court, Jan Symon)
Czech Supreme State Prosecutor Pavel Zeman. (2019) (PHOTO: Czech Constitutional Court, Jan Symon)

Czech Internet trolls have competition - "elves" are combating disinformation and propaganda

5.11.2018 10:22 News server Aktuálně.cz reports that the Internet trolls who are disseminating disinformation and frequently pro-Kremlin propaganda in the Czech language now have strong rivals. They call themselves "elves" there are several dozen of them in the Czech Republic, and they are keeping their identities secret for their own safety.  full story

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New York Times: Social network operators do not know how to intervene against disinformation and hatred

2.11.2018 14:24 The New York Times reports that when the Instagram social networking site was established, it was meant to be a page for people to share photos of their children being cute, their meals or their pets, but according to many experts during the past year it has rather become a hotbed of hateful posts that aim to spark division. It is becoming more and more obvious that the big digital companies have never properly grasped the negative dimension of the enormous reach of their platforms or how to cope with it.  full story

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Czech play focuses on hateful commentaries posted to Internet discussions - #nejsemrasista_ale

25.5.2018 18:44 The Divadlo Petra Bezruče theater in Ostrava, Czech Republic has premiered an original production entitled #nejsemrasista_ale ("#I'm not a racist, but..."), directed by Braňo Holiček. The play about anonymous opinions on the Internet that frequently mask emotions of fear and hatred premiered on 18 May.  full story

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videoNorway: Romani online television channel "Nevimos Norvego" to collaborate with ROMEA TV

27.2.2018 7:08 In Norway the first Romani online television programming began at the end of January of this year with an online channel called Nevimos Norvego, and the Czech Republic's ROMEA TV online program, which was created in 2002 as the first Romani online television channel, will soon contribute to Nevimos Norvego's broadcasts. The Norwegian producers will publish articles, photos of events, and brief video reports on a daily basis and will broadcast longer video programs once a month focused on subjects connected with the Romani community in Norway.  full story

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Austria: First newborn of the year has become a target of hateful commentary

10.1.2018 11:29 The Austrian daily Heute reports that when Alper and Naime Tamga welcomed their newborn daughter Asel into the world on New Year's Day, she was the country's very first newborn of 2018. Instead of congratulations, however, hateful comments were posted to social networking sites after a photograph of the happy family was published.  full story

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International Czech and Slovak Romani community rocked by mysterious death of nine-year-old girl in England

10.1.2018 10:16 Romani community members have been using Facebook to vigorously discuss the mysterious death of a nine-year-old girl named Janička who, on 2 January 2018, is said to have died of suffocation while playing in her room. Allegedly she remained lifeless for 40 minutes before medical aid was given to her.  full story

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EU High Level Group on combating racism features Roma participants from Czech Republic, discusses Afrophobia

6.12.2017 11:46 On 5 December 2017 the European Union High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance convened and discussed the specific racism faced by people of African descent in the European Union. The topic is a big step towards recognizing the prevalence of Afrophobia in Europe and then acting to combat it.  full story

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Czech racists threaten online to kill children because they are of Arab and Romani origin

6.11.2017 11:40 The Czech Government's HateFree Culture website is reporting that a wave of racist reactions has been prompted in the Czech-language Internet environment by a photo of first-graders from a primary school in Teplice that has been published by a local daily. The photograph and the names of the pupils and teachers was published last week on a nationalist website, and hundreds of Internet users have shared it from there, frequently with racist commentary.
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Charles University in Prague publishes online explanation of Romanes spelling rules

2.11.2017 11:38 The website of the Romani Studies Seminar at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, has published an online popularization of its explanation of the rules for orthography in the Romanes language. The Czech-language online guidelines are available to all editors, teachers, writers and anybody using written Romanes in the Czech and Slovak Republics.


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