Society
Chris Johnstone|24.11.2011

Czechs to continue shunning Eurovision Song Contest

The bad news is that no Czechs will be winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012; the good news is that Czech Television is continuing to boycott the event and will not be screening it. The boycott began in 2009 after zero points for the national entry rounded off a disastrous run in the competition.

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Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|26.08.2011

Czech welfare recipients caught gambling being stripped of benefits

The Czech town of Nový Bydžov in the Hradec Králové region has over the past six months been stripping social benefits from recipients caught gambling in so-called herna bars and nightclubs — mainly member of the minority Roma (“Gypsy”) group — as part of a crackdown on alleged abusers of welfare benefits triggered by the rape of a local girl in November.

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Brian Kenety|20.05.2011

MP Šulc pulls ‘racist’ Facebook photo

Civic Democrat (ODS) parliamentary deputy Jiří Šulc, a former Czech regional governor called to task in 2008 for racist campaign posters targeting the local Romani population, has removed a photo from his Facebook page calling for the expulsion of 200,000 Roma people to Haiti, after being confronted about it by local media.

 

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