Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Journalists welcomed with AK-47

It’s hard to imagine a president pulling out a gun in front of journalists but that’s what Czech President Milos Zeman did at a press conference in October 2017, brandishing a dummy Kalashnikov bearing the inscription “for journalists.” Reelected in January 2017, Zeman has a weakness for this kind of provocation and has described journalists as “manure” and “hyenas.” There is also concern about several newly-drafted bills that would increase the range of criminal penalties for defamation, especially defamation of the president. The level of media ownership concentration has become critical since new oligarchs began using their fortunes in 2008 to buy newspapers in order to reinforce their influence. One of these oligarchs, Prime Minister Andrej Babis, owns one of the Czech Republic’s most influential daily newspapers.

34
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-11

23 in 2017

Global score

+4.98

16.91 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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