1. 9. 2016 / Bohumil Kartous
Czech presidential spokesperson praises a racist website as a "highly pluralist medium"
12. 5. 2016
The widely-read alarmist, racist and xenophobic website Parlamentní listy [Parliamentary Newsletter; this is a misnomer, the website has nothing to do with Czech Parliament] which systematically whips up anti-muslim and anti-refugee sentiment in the Czech Republic, has been praised by Jiří Ovčáček, the official spokesperson of Czech President Miloš Zeman, as a "highly pluralist medium, an island of positive deviation in the sea of one-sided media mainstream."
By praising Parlamentní listy, Ovčáček explained why the Czech President Miloš Zeman regularly gives long, exclusive interviews to its reporter Radim Panenka. Several years ago, Panenka was a member of the extreme right wing "National Party" which became notorious for its campaigns against the Roma and against all minorities in the Czech Republic.
The National Party became infamous during recent elections into the European parliament when it offered "the final solution of the Roma question" within its election programme. During the election campaign, it used a flag on which white sheep kick away a black sheep against the background of the Czech national colours.
"We are the only people who have the courage to stand up and say that there are murderers, pedophiles, deviants and sadists in all the groups of the immigrants," said Zeman's favourite journalist Radim Panenka at a demonstration in Prague in March 2008.
Panenka now dissociates himself from this statement. Nevertheless, the following are the current headlines in Parlamentní listy, a "highly pluralist medium, an island of positive deviation in the sea of one-sided media mainstream," according to Jiří Ovčáček, the official spokesperson of the Czech President Miloš Zeman:
Islamists are a murderous bunch and we fear the loss of our self-determination in the land of our ancestors. But the people in the street will force the politicians to do the right thing, even if we will have to go backwards
The onslaught of hate speech on Parlamentní listy has been intense over many months. Here is a sample of headlines from September 2015:
- Sociologist Petr Hampl: We have the right to deal with the refugees as though they were aggressors. The traitors of the Czech nation are helping them to exterminate us like the whites have exterminated the Red Indians. The Czech Human Rights Ombudsman, she is the real neo-Nazi
The Czech Republic does have laws against hate speech and spreading alarmist news, but the Czech police is mostly not investigating these crimes and they are not being prosecuted.
Source in Czech: HERE
There are stories like this in the Czech Republic every day that never make it to the outside world because of a lack of translation. You can support us and help reveal what's happening in Central Europe today. Please make a contribution today on www.paypal.com and send your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. We fully rely on crowdfunding in our work. Thank you.