Forbidden News from the Czech Republic

Or how is the state of the democracy in the centre of the Europe

Forbidden News from the Czech Republic

Or how is the state of the democracy in the centre of the Europe

During last months a few news appeared to be silently dragged into the haze of history. Now I do not write about some conspiration theories or manipulative lies which come from our government in a relative regular time periods, but about facts, which really happened and which can be proven. The handling of such facts by our media and police is so unfortunate so it shows how is the democracy being treated in the Czech republic and how large is the power of our prime minister, who controls much of Czech media.

Case 1: Suicide in front of Ministry of Health

This case happened on March 11th. In afternoon on that day a fifty years old man shot himself directly in front of the building of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (official source). Many people here compare his case to the act of Jan Palach, who committed suicide in 1969 as an act of resistance against Soviet occupation of the Czechoslovak Republic. But, in this case it is believed to be an act of resistance against poor handling of the pandemic situation in the Czech Republic by its government, especially Ministry of Health. In this context, this man – still unknown by name – forms a martyr of the covid pandemic.

One would hope that in this context the correct solution of the situation would be explanation and publication of all available facts to avoid creation of conspiration theories. What happens here is the total counter point – the only published news say only that the man was not married, so he did not commit suicide because of the death of his wife, or that he did not kill himself because of denial of the Ivermentin cure for his wife. A reverent place has appeared on place of his death with the words: “Blood is on your hands.” Even analytics warn that similar kind of information handling leads to creation of conspiration theories, yet no more information was published.

Case 2: Collaboration of Czech prime minister with StB

The StB (Wikipedia) was during the communist era (1945-1990) of the Czechoslovak Republic a form of secret police force which was focused on investigation of “enemies of the republic.” Its core was formed by fanatic members of the communist party who “protected the society” by indicating other people who did not act in order with communist ideas. After the Velvet revolution all members of the StB are forbidden to have important jobs in the leadership of the republic.

Despite all these facts Andrej Babiš let himself to be elected as a prime minister of the Czech Republic in 2014. Since then he leads many fights to approve that he was not an agent of the StB, although in 2018 Slovak court definitively ruled that he was an StB agent. The final evidences appeared last week (for scanned files see below), when the Slovak National Memory Institute found his statistic file, which supplements previously published complete file about Babiš’ membership of the StB, which includes also his nickname “Bureš” and facts like that he was a voluntary agent of the StB since 1982.

When you try to find any information about this discovery (try to Google simply “Babiš StB”), you will find that it was published only by independent media, largest information sources like iDnes.cz (owned by Babiš), Novinky.cz and even the public Czech Television are silent. Some other resources are listed here:

Denik.cz

Forum24.cz

iRozhlas.cz

SeznamZpravy.cz

Aktualne.cz

In the 21st century and in the centre of the Europe one would expect, that the law and information freedom are two main pillars which should be a matter of course. Unfortunately they are not. The truth is still being concealed and people with criminal history are being held in most important functions of the government. This is the state of the democracy in the Czech Republic.