Analysis: A propaganda war needs angry, defiant, disgusted, nerve-wracked people - and the Czech Republic qualifies8.1.2018 18:12 The return to the self-serving lie about a Greater Russia is costing the Russians absolutely everything, including their self-respect. The idea that it is still possible to destroy everything gives them the strength to continue. full story
8.1.2018 11:54 On 5 January 2018, six women told a Czech court that they reject their indictment on charges of promoting and support the neo-Nazi movement "Resistance Women Unity" (RWU), either refusing to testify about their actions between 2007 and 2009 or making brief statements claiming they are innocent. The District Court for Prague 2 will continue to hear the case again on 21 February. full story
Czech EdMin says number of Romani children educated according to reduced standards has not changed in three years7.1.2018 17:17 The number of Romani children who are educated according to reduced standards has almost not changed at all during the last three years. Almost every eighth Romani child in primary school is learning according to the curriculum for schoolchildren with mild mental disability. full story
5.1.2018 16:47 The online news portal iDNES.cz has acquiesced to the requests of the campaign team backing the incumbent, Czech President Zeman, who has refused to participate in any debates prior to this month's presidential elections - so iDNES.cz is now holding such discussions among the press spokespersons of all the candidates, not between the candidates themselves. Candidate Petr Hannig has now sent a convicted antisemite, Adam B. Bartoš, to represent him during such a debate. full story
4.1.2018 16:38 If current Czech President Miloš Zeman will be re-elected as the head of state this month, he will not be able to fully perform the role for another five years. He is too ill. full story
Czech televised discussion features one presidential candidate, two presidential spokespeople - and a ficus4.1.2018 15:04 On 2 January, Jaromír Soukup's "Arena" discussion program on the Barrandov cable television channel was not attended either by candidate Jiří Drahoš or by former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek (Civic Democratic Party - ODS), who is also running. Soukup confirmed to the audience that those candidates refused to attend because they were bothered by the participation of Jiří Ovčáček, who is the sitting president's spokesperson. full story
4.1.2018 11:04 Czech presidential candidate Pavel Fischer is criticizing the Government of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for not appointing a Human Right Minister. Fischer said before the New Year that today, when it is exactly extremist voices that are being heard more and more frequently, such a move is absolutely incomprehensible. full story
3.1.2018 11:45 Czech Interior Minister Lubomír Metnar has very emphatically objected to recent allegations made by SPD leader Tomio Okamura. That MP has published a disinformation video in which he claims the Czech Republic is in danger of terrorist attack. full story
Czech Green Party co-chair wants Interior Ministry to dissolve the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Movement3.1.2018 10:55 News server Info.cz reported last week that Ondřej Mirovský, co-chair of the Czech Republic's Green Party, has said he wants to ask the Interior Ministry to dissolve Tomio Okamura's "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Movement (SPD). Mirovský made the decision after Okamura invited extremist politicians from all over Europe to Prague.
3.1.2018 10:23 Last week the Czech daily Mostecký deník reported that Romani children attending a primary school that serves the Chánov housing estate have begun to dedicate themselves to the sport of floorball. They play after school twice a week. full story
Romani celebrity files complaint with Czech Constitutional Court over lower court rejection of his victimization by racist threats2.1.2018 17:24 News server iDNES.cz reported last week that the singer Radek Banga has filed a complaint with the Czech Constitutional Court against a decision by the District Court in Kladno. The first-instance court did not consider him to have been harmed by the hateful remarks against minorities that were posted to his Facebook profile. full story
29.12.2017 20:28 The Institute for Social Inclusion (IPSI) has responded to the Christmas speech made by Czech President Miloš Zeman, especially the part where he discusses so-called "inadaptables". Zeman said that social benefits should be restricted for persons who refuse jobs offered to them through the state's Labor Office. full story
28.12.2017 8:39 Detectives in Brno, Czech Republic have charged three foreign nationals on suspicion of assaulting two men, one from Armenia and one from the Czech Republic, in the early morning hours of Saturday on Běhounská Street. The alleged main instigator of the incident has also been charged with felony battery, making dangerous threats and rioting, for which he could be imprisoned for up to 10 years if convicted, while the others were charged with rioting, which carries a maximum sentence of two years, according to a press release issued by the spokesperson for the South Moravian Regional Police, Andrea Cejnková.
27.12.2017 17:52 The Dynamo Černý Most futsal club has received hundreds of "likes" and shares on Facebook after player and trainer Marek Bělor, a Romani community member, posted a photo expressing disagreement with the hateful remarks of SPD chair Tomio Okamura and Czech President Miloš Zeman. The club has taken a clear stance against the dissemination of negative attitudes toward minorities through which Okamura, his party and the Czech President are inciting racism and xenophobia in society. full story
Czech PM, extremists praise Czech President's Christmas speech, presidential candidates criticize it27.12.2017 11:14 This year's Christmas message from Czech President Miloš Zeman has divided the domestic political scene. Czech PM Andrej Babiš, the head of the ANO movement, expressed
appreciation for the speech, as did SPD chair Tomio Okamura, who said it reflected the priorities of his own "Freedom and Direct Democracy" movement.
Czech President shakes his fist during Christmas speech, references "inadaptables", rejects early elections27.12.2017 9:53 Czech President Miloš Zeman said yesterday that 2017 was a year of good news for the Czech economy and society. In his Christmas message to the nation he expressed
appreciation for the security situation in the Czech Republic, for low unemployment, and for high economic growth. full story
27.12.2017 6:40 Robert Tonelli has repeated last year's initiative and organized a Christmas charity event sponsored by several Romani entrepreneurs and tradespeople. This year's proceeds were donated to children at the Visual Impairment Clinic in Dvůr Králové nad Labem. full story
26.12.2017 11:49 The Czech lower house has approved the state budget for 2018, reducing the approved deficit compared to last year by CZK 10 billion to CZK 50 billion. The MPs added CZK 3.3 million in social services, CZK 1 billion to support the agricultural food complex, and CZK 300 million for investment into nursery and primary schools. full story
Human rights agenda, including Agency for Social Inclusion and Hate Free Culture, now under Czech Justice Minister26.12.2017 10:07 The Human Rights Section, which during the previous administration was part of the agenda of the Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation, is now being administered by the Justice Ministry in the Czech Republic, and Justice Minister Robert Pelikán has become the chair of the Council for Romani Minority Affairs. Pelikán's spokesperson told news server Romea.cz that the minister is not planning any personnel changes currently, that he appreciates the Hate Free Culture project as a successful one, and that once January comes he is planning to visit excluded localities together with the Agency for Social Inclusion. full story