Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Rise of the oligarchs

Several bills were drafted during 2016 with the aim of increasing the penalties for criminal defamation, especially when the President is concerned. The concentration of media ownership has reached critical levels. Since 2008, new oligarchs have been using their fortunes to buy up newspapers to consolidate their influence. One of them, Andrej Babis, is both Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister as well as owner of the two most influential daily newspapers. A law designed to combat conflicts of interest and prevent government ministers from owning media outlets – called the “anti-Babis law” – was adopted in 2016.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



21 in 2016

Global score


16.66 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
Go to the barometre