Prague - The Czech heritage law should finally turn from a toothless tool into a functioning legislation that would prevent the devastation of historical monuments, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
Ilustrační foto - Textař hudební skupiny Katapult Ladislav Vostárek na chodbě Městského soudu v Praze, který se 13. srpna zabýval žalobou na Stranu zelených a jejího expředsedu Martina Bursíka. Textař se domáhá omluvy a půl milionu korun kvůli užití sloganu "A co děti? Mají si kde hrát?" v předvolební kampani z roku 2010. ČTK Šimánek Vít
A draft amendment to the law would enable the state to expropriate neglected cultural heritage buildings whose owners do not maintain them.
Zverina asks whether it is not a Bolshevik-like approach to threaten private owners with expropriation. It depends on the circumstances, he adds.
At present, the owners of valuable sights mainly in Czech towns´ historical centres often behave like barbarians, Zverina recalls.
A new heritage law will be right if it terminates the current situation where a mass liquidation of immovable heritage pays off for its owners, Zverina concludes.
A political campaign is a common business, Petr Kambersky writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN), commenting on the recent court verdict ordering the Greens to pay a compensation to a rock band´s lyricist for using his verse in the 2010 election campaign.
Kambersky says the Greens must feel desperate now. Eight years ago they entered the Chamber of Deputies and the government for the first time but since then they have been falling down and have lost all elections in a row. On top of that, they must pay a high compensation for their unauthorised use of a slogan.
You need not to be an expert in copyright to know that "it is bad to steal" and abuse the fruit of another person´s work to enrich oneself.
The argument of a "non-commercial use" of the slogan is pointless since politics is a subject of business for a party, Kambersky points out, adding that last year the Greens got s state contribution of 22 million crowns for their work and to cover election costs.
He reminds of some firms that also had to pay compensation for using various slogans from songs in their advertisements.
"An election campaign with state subsidies is exactly the same business as the construction of flats with a playground," Kambersky adds.
"Now and then," Alexander Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today asking whether there is a real connection between the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and the current policy of the Russian Federation.
He recalls that during commemorative meetings marking the 46th anniversary of the invasion, a parallel was drawn by some politicians between the 1968 events and the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
While the 1968 invasion was led by long-term apparatchiks following a hard-core communist ideology, the current operations in Ukraine are commanded by a pragmatic former KGB officer, Mitrofanov writes hinting at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The difference between the situation in Czechoslovakia before August 1968 and the present in the Czech Republic and Slovakia also lies in the fact that there were not so many people pursuing the interests of a foreign, potentially hostile power then.
Today, Slovak PM Robert Fico sides rather with Russia than the EU and many a Czech politician is manoeuvring not to make angry his voters who would prefer Russia to NATO.
"Otherwise it is naturally August 2014 and not August 1968," Mitrofanov writes in conclusion.