Czech press survey - April 23


23.04.2014 07:24

Prague - The fine the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) has imposed for the police´s release of a video showing last June´s arrest of the then PM´s aide is a fine one authority imposed on another (Interior Ministry), but still it is a correct step, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).


Někdejší šéfka kabinetu expremiéra Petra Nečase Jana Nagyová odchází 24. září spolu s Petrem Nečasem z policejní služebny v pražském Perštýně. Nagyová čelí obvinění z podplacení exposlanců a zneužití zpravodajců. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Jana Nagyova (now Necasova), the head of the then PM Petr Necas´s Office, has never been convicted so far, which is why she must be viewed as not-guilty, Pesek writes.

Second, the fining of the police does not mean a rehabilitation of Nagyova, who continues to be prosecuted on suspicion of bribery and illegal surveillance, Pesek says.

However, the conduct of police organised crime squad chief Robert Slachta, who showed the video from Nagyova´s arrest in a debate on Czech Television, is inadmissible, Pesek writes.

Slachta did so in retaliation for Necas having described the arrest as an excessive manifestation of the police force. True, Necas may have told lies, but Slachta should not have reacted to it as a "number one citizen," misusing the police. He should have chosen more appropriate means of defence, a legal action, for example, Pesek writes.

Also discussing the fine imposed for the release of the Nagyova arrest video, Jindrich Sidlo in Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes that it is probably the first ever opportunity to praise the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU).

The UOOU really deserves praise for fining the police (Interior Ministry) for having "served" a video with the anti-mafia unit´s intervention against an unarmed woman to viewers during a lunchtime discussion programme on public Czech Television, Sidlo writes.

The fine is justified regardless of whether the arrested woman was Jana Nagyova, who is suspected of misusing the military intelligence service, Sidlo says.

The release of the video, as well as the preceding arrest itself, were but a manifestation of force, he says.

It is not the height of the fine but the lesson taught, which imports. Steps such as the video release should never repeat any more, Sidlo concludes.

The opposition Civic Democrats (ODS) must have been unpleasantly shocked when [the Euro-sceptic] former president Vaclav Klaus said on television on Tuesday that he has no other possibility than supporting the ODS in the forthcoming EU polls, Jan Martinek writes in Pravo.

Similar pre-election recommendations by Czech (ex-)presidents have been known as their "kisses of death." They always reliably harmed any party that was openly backed by president, Martinek writes, adding that this applies to both Klaus´s predecessor Vaclav Havel, and successor, the incumbent President Milos Zeman.

The ODS still fails to find a way to cope with Klaus, its former head who fell out with the party in the late 2000s. On the one hand, the ODS seems to be trying hard to dissociate itself from Klaus, but on the other, its EU election candidates include Jan Lupomesky, a staunch fan of Klaus, Martinek writes.

In the meantime, Lupomesky has annoyed the ODS leadership by strikingly diverting from the party´s official "pro-Maidan" position on the Ukrainian developments, Martinek writes.

Lupomesky, nevertheless, only represents the position of the Vaclav Klaus Institute, of whose board he is a member, Martinek adds.


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