The heads of dozens of figures on pedestrian crossings have been brushed out in a symbolic movement of support for an artist who has gone to jail for his own artistic stunt replacing the “stop” and “walk” figures. David Hons, who goes by the artistic name of Roman Týc, started a jail sentence on Friday for failing to pay a Kč 60,000 fine connected with his stunt.
In the wake of attacks on the websites of the Association for the Protection of Rights for musicians (OSA), the Czech government, center-right Civic Democrats (ODS) party, and street demonstrations against the Czech Republic’s signature on the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Anonymous movement has been propelled to the forefront of media attention although the exposure has not shed so much light on its its functioning and aims.
Poking fun at the national debate about what sort of memorial should commemorate Václav Havel, and in particular the proposal that the country’s main international airport be named after him, a Facebook campaign is calling for the current Czech head of state Václav Klaus — and all his successors — to bear the name of the deceased national icon, the former dissident playwright.
The trial of five young men accused of propagating Nazism and inciting racial hatred by posting videos containing Nazi symbols and music clips with neo-Nazi content on their Facebook pages has begun in the Moravian town of Kroměříž. If found guilty, the accused could face from three to ten years in prison. All of the accused have pleaded not guilty.
The Czech press widely reported Tuesday morning that ultra-Conservative figure Ladislav Bátora had launched another attack on Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), calling him a senile freemason insider who is leading the Czech Republic down the ‘road to hell’ in comments on his Facebook page. Bátora later claimed his Facebook account had been hacked.
TOP 09 ministers walked out of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting to protest insults to their party chairman, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, 73, posted by Ladislav Bátora, an ultra-right adviser to Education Minister Josef Dobeš (VV), on his Facebook page. There’s no love lost between TOP 09 and VV, but the war of words might have fizzled had Bátora not made headlines over the Prague Pride gay festival.
Most women or members of the LGBT community at some point have had to deal with vulgar remarks, insults, innuendo or maybe even stalking or worse. The harassment is often tolerated or ignored, and goes unreported. A global network of websites that allows people to pinpoint where harassment occurred and tell exactly what took place is soon to get a branch in Prague.
While two-thirds of Czechs view foreigners as a “threat,” NGOs are working to change hearts and minds — also through their stomachs. With blogs, demonstrations, media training, Czech language courses and more, NGOs and volunteers try to change Czechs’ perceptions of foreigners by telling stories of their lives and cultures.
As Facebook’s value grew to billions of dollars, some people involved in its early days want a share of the pie. The story of “The Social Network” unfolds in a law office as various people give depositions that don’t show Facebook's founder to be a very nice person. The main irony in the film is while Facebook has hundreds of millions of users, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have few real friends.