Kachny, teorie spiknutí a fakta o ČTK

Přišel mi e-mail od studentky jedné z mediálních fakult, že prý dopisuje diplomovou práci o Četce. A že prý (jí nejmenovaný) bývalý člen Rady ČTK přišel s informací, že ČTK je hospodářsky na dně, a jak to tedy je. Potěšilo mne, že si tu informaci snaží ověřit. To je totiž mnohem více, než co dělá většina z těch, kteří o ČTK v poslední době psali, zejména na různých webech. To, co […]

Naming the Names – Part Three

There is a development in the Czech gagging law. A group of 34 Senators filed a case against with the Constitutional court last week. The Senators want the Court to find that the ban on publishing wiretaps and naming the accused by the police are unconstitutional. They want to keep the legal provision that naming the victims of certain crimes is still a criminal offence bearing up to five years […]

Naming the Names – Part Two

When asked by the Czech TV what is the worst feature of the new “gagging law” (media law) directed at the Czech media, I said that it is the fact that it makes journalists much more vulnerable due to uncertainty of how this law is going to be applied. And that proved to be the case.

Naming the names

There is a new law coming to force in the Czech Republic that is going to complicate work for the Czech journalists to a considerable degree (which no-one would be too concerned about) and at the same time limit what the public will be allowed to know. It deals with naming the names. The motivation for the law is commendable in as far as it seeks to protect underage victims […]

BBC Gaza Appeal Controversy

The BBC has taken quite an unusual step by its top guy, Director General and Editor-in-Chief Mark Thompson explaining editorial decision not to broadcast the Gaza Appeal by DEC here. It has some strong reasoning from journalistic point of view and is, I think, an interesting addition to debate about journalistic ethics.

How to draw President Bush

This item is just a link. Ever wondered how to draw President George W. Bush? Now, few days before he becomes history, we finaly know. It can be done in three lines, as Daryl Cagle writes here.

The “Top Ten” in 2008 season

So we got rid of Santa and now there are a few days for producing the Top lists for 2008 in everything. Do not wory, I am not going to add my take on it. I do what I do best and link to the rest 😉 So I thought it might be an interesting idea to provide links to various lists connected with media, that I found interesting. Enjoy

A Newspaper Czar?

It was bound to happen. Since the US Government is trying to save the US car industry a debate about what else is worthy enough to be saved by Government intervention was inevitable. As it was inevitable that someone will point out that newspapers are so important, that they should, perhaps, be the next target as Brian Lambert says here. I always found it interesting how monarchistic the Americans sometime […]

Different take on newspapers

I am a bit tired packing, writing strategy papers and generaly doing very little journalism. To get from the mood, I thought I will get a bit different take on newspapers, and fetched a couple of videos. I think it is clear from the third video newspapers do have a future, albeit perhaps a bit different from what they themselves think.