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FORUM 2000 and the Václav Havel Library present:

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 10, 2017, 15:00 – 20:30

15.00 – 16.30
Is the CR focused toward the West, or toward the East? Internal Politics, International Orientation, Economy, Media

In some sections of society in the Czech Republic, there is a growing inclination toward the Russian and Chinese authoritarian regimes, while mistrust of classic liberal democracy and scepticism toward traditional politics is also on the rise. Efforts have been made to oligarchise politics and to bring together political, economic and media power. Can this explosive mixture threaten the democratic foundation of the Czech Republic? And if so, how can it be withstood?

19.00 – 20.30
Media and Politics: Who Controls Whom?

Alongside the executive, legislative and judicial powers, the media is usually regarded as the fourth estate in society. Is that still the case? How has the situation changed since influential business-political groups started buying up media outlets? And does public service media have a chance of maintaining its independence and critical distance?

Guests: Hana Marvanová, lawyer, Svobodu médiím!, Adam Černý, chairman, Czech Syndicate of Journalists, Martin Vadas, former editor-in-chief, Czech Television, chairman, FITES, Jan Payne, neurologist, university teacher, Svobodu médiím! Moderator: Daniel Raus, journalist, writer.

The event is being held in cooperation with Svobodu médiím!, a platform advocating media independence and plurality.


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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

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