Not so long ago, I wrote about how the CT Council stated that CT grossly violated its code and the presenter lied on the air.
And today we received the response of the CT board to our next complaint and according to their statement - Czech Television violated its code AGAIN!
“…The Council states that if CT marks someone as a disinformer in the course of performing a public service task it is necessary to document the matter, especially in this day and age when there is a thin line between a lie and an opinion I disagree with. Moreover, viewers do not expect public television to rely on non-profit organizations, which do not have regulations such as the CT Code. By the fact that nothing was documented, and most importantly (!) no space was given to the injured persons published in the report, the Code of the Czech Republic, specifically Article 5.3, was violated. where the emphasis is on “giving space to event actors to express themselves.
The council adds that in cases where an entity is explicitly attacked by the editors and is talked about in a negative light, referring to a small time frame for the representatives of the attacked entities to express themselves is unacceptable.“
It is this manipulative report where CT connected Hello forum with a kind of "disinformation scene" and also touched directly on colleague RNDr. Zuzany Krátká, PhD. and other members of the Healthy Forum.
The incriminating report begins at 7:50:
The entire statement of the CT board
In Prague on 20 July 2022
on 20/07/2022, the CT Council dealt with your complaint about the program of 5/12/2021, when Czech Television published a report in the Newsroom program dedicated to the spread of disinformation. You complain that in this context, the website and logo of the citizen initiative Zdravé fórum, zs., which you represent, as well as photos of people who support this initiative, including a number of experts such as RNDr. Zuzana Krátká, Ph.D., You as a lawyer and others. In addition, the Healthy Forum initiative was even explicitly mentioned in the report as an example of "anti-vaxxer groups", "disseminators of nonsense and misinformation".
The Council also had at its disposal the statement of the head of the Planning and Analysis Editorial Office of the Czech Republic, which points to the connection with the Ministry of Education and Culture website, where the Ministry disputes some texts that question the return of children to schools under the conditions of testing against Covid, published on the Healthy Forum website.
He also refers to the opinions of some non-profit organizations that label the Healthy Forum website as disinformation and explains that the representatives of the individual information sources that were mentioned in this column were not contacted due to the time span (several tens of seconds) of this journalistic input.
The Council notes that if CT marks someone as a misinformer in the course of performing a public service task, it is necessary to document the matter, especially in today's time, when a delicate line is being sought between a lie and an opinion with which I do not agree. In addition, viewers do not expect that public television will rely on non-profit organizations that do not have such regulations as, for example, the CT Code. By the fact that nothing was documented, and most importantly (!) that no space was given to the injured persons published in the report, the Code of the Czech Republic was violated, specifically Article 5.3, where the emphasis is placed on "giving space to the actors of the events to express themselves".
The council adds that in cases where an entity is explicitly attacked by the editors and is talked about in a negative light, referring to a small time frame for the representatives of the attacked entities to express themselves is unacceptable.
M.Sc. Pavel Matocha
Chairman of the Council of Czech Television
Original letter for download