Thousands Rally Against Zeman's Attack on Media

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Thousands of Czechs have taken to the streets of Prague, in defiance of a recent attack on local independent media by the re-elected President Miloš Zeman.

Speaking during his inauguration last week at Prague Castle, Zeman criticised the Czech media by name, accusing them of favouritism during the recent elections and general bias. The comments prompted several opposition members of parliament in attendance to leave the ceremony.

Zeman's remarks came less than two weeks after 27-year-old Slovakian investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in their home outside Bratislava, in an assassination suspected to be connected to his work.in the central European nation where sev

Specifically, Zeman attacked the independent Czech Television, a public news provider whose director is appointed by a council elected by parliament.

Joining the protesters were also several members of parliament who have become increasingly worried about the state of free media. Several newspapers are now owned by the political and business elite, including Prime Minister Babiš.

PHOTO: Blesk - Dan Černovský

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