Czech Republic

Military commando versus public television

Published on 14 March 2011 at 13:08


“A scandal. An armed commando has invaded Czech Television”, leads Lidové noviny in the aftermath of a raid launched by a military police unit with assault rifles in hand against the local public broadcaster České televize (ČT), in Prague. "They were there to retrieve a Department of Defense document classified as top-secret,” explains the paper, which goes on to speculate on the identity of the person who gave the order for the raid. For its part, Mlada Fronta DNES clarifies, Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra stated that he was surprised to hear while attending the army ball at Prague Castle that journalists had been detained by the military police. Until those who ordered such a blunder are identified and the contents of the secret documents clarified, ČT has announced it will file a complaint. Meanwhile, the head of the military police has been suspended. According to Hospodářské noviny, the event reflects the growing tension between the leaders of the Ministry of Defence and some of its senior officials caught up in corruption cases. The army itself, whose image the MoD has invested a great deal in improving, comes out wholly discredited in the eyes of the public, MF DNES concludes.

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