Original text published - 3/6/2022
I recently came across an article on Echo24 where the author wonders how in Russia they prosecute teachers who say something other than what the government propaganda claims.
...and as it turned out, it can be quite tricky for educators in Russian schools to try to oppose the official narrative in any way. In April, for example, schoolchildren in the Russian city of Penza reported their teacher to the police, who criticized Russian military activities in Ukraine. According to information from the independent portal Meduza, the authorities then initiated a prosecution against the 55-year-old English teacher based on a law that prohibits the dissemination of information discrediting the Russian military.
(The whole text can be read here.)
I remembered an article - well, there were more of them - where exactly the same thing happened in our country about a month ago. For example here.
"A teacher should honor the facts, not utter propaganda contrary to the obvious facts. Yes, everyone has the right to an opinion, but not to a lie," Gazdík wrote for Seznam Zprávy.
His department dealt with similar cases already at the beginning of Russian aggression. That's when he sent out instructions to schools on how to talk to children about the conflict. But not everyone follows it. "That's why I appreciate the approach of the school principal, who immediately put the teacher on the line and terminated her employment relationship," added Gazdík.
If we changed the names of the teachers and the countries, I'd almost say it's the same article.
So I'm just asking - maybe I don't understand it completely - but how do you recognize "democracy" as opposed to "evil totalitarianism", when in both it is obviously forbidden to think and especially to say something other than what the government officially stamps?
EDIT – 4/27/2023
A year has passed and the fired teacher Martina Bednářová, who I wrote about almost a year ago, is now going to court for absolutely absurd accusations the crime of genocide denial.
Even now, I remember the reactions of the right, aware citizens, how my comparison with Russia is absurd and false - in our country, after all, no one agrees (read the inconvenient truth) doesn't close - that only happens in totalitarian Russia...