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In the run-up to general elections scheduled for the end of May, are socialists in the Czech Republic resorting to methods "reminiscent of those used by communist secret police"? Yes they are claims Lidové noviny in its report on a scandal surrounding social democrat leader Jiří Paroubek. He instructed photographers to take pictures of activists from the opposing camp that he suspected of planning to disrupt public meetings of his party — a decision that is now being investigated by the Office for the Protection of Personal Data. In response, the opponents of the feisty Mr Paroubek have decided to inform on themselves, reports the daily. They have taken to flooding his email and the email addresses of other socialists with mug shots and ironic personal data sheets, as well as launching a Facebook group to "make it easy for them."