Slovak-born Czech and Forbes-listed billionaire Andrej Babiš announced on June 26 he has purchased the Mafra media group, owner of daily newspapers MF Dnes and Lidové noviny.
Babiš, owner of the Agrofert Group, which consists of more than 200 Central European agro-industrial companies, is also the founder of the politically ambitious anti-corruption movement ANO 2011 (Action of discontented citizens).
“Andrej Babiš has acquired one of the most attractive brands in Czech media market, as well as the more than two million readers that come with it”, writes Hospodářské noviny, noting that even if Babiš himself claims he will not use his new media empire for political goals, his opponents fear a “berlusconisation” of Czech politics.
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