Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Increasing media concentration

Czech journalists face major challenges, including threats to public broadcasting from government-controlled supervisory bodies, online smear campaigns and the proliferation of so-called “alternative” media. Unrestrained verbal attacks by President Miloš Zeman and other senior officials have helped foster a climate of widespread mistrust of journalists and acts of violence against them. The state-owned TV broadcaster is facing an upheaval after some of the members of its supervisory board were replaced by well-known figures who are very critical of investigative reporting, while the recent disbanding of its financial supervisory body is fuelling concern about its future independence. There is also concern about the concentration of media ownership in the hands of a few oligarchs. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in chaotic government press conference that relatively few journalists were able to attend until video-conferences were introduced. Since March 2020, no accreditation has been given to Forum 24, a website that is very critical of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and requests by several media for accreditation to the health ministry’s press conferences in the autumn of 2020 were left unanswered. For lack of time, accredited media have still not been able to put questions to the government or health ministry at press conferences.

40
in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

0

40 in 2020

Global score

-0.19

23.57 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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