A lot of Czech politicans are opposing to President Zeman’s idea to make Czech tv a government institution.
Yesterday, during a parliamentary meeting, politicians have discussed about the declarations of the President published by the website Parlamentni listy.
CT Council head Jan Bednar was among the ones to oppose the project, together with Jan Bartosek (Christian Democrat KDU-CSL), former lower house chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova (opposition Civic Democrats, ODS), Opposition Communist (KSCM) chairman Vojtech Filip, KSCM deputy Vladimir Konicek and Martin Komarek (ANO), were all unanimous that ČTV has to remain public and independent.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has also released on Twitter his opinions about the issue, claiming that “public media have to remain independent and not succumb to business groups or government”.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) has also refused Zeman’s idea, considering the actual state of ČTV convenient, pointing out how media have to be indipendent from external intromissions.
CSSD deputy and former culture minister Vitezslav Jandak was instead positiva about the fact, replying that the model of a state tv is quite common in Europe, but also, that Chamber of Deputies has the possibility to decide about the matter, and not Zeman.
Finance Minister, ANO chairman and billionaire owner of some media, Andrej Babis agrees completely with the view of the President, and as Finance Minister could influence ČTV in some way.