Former Charles University vice-rector Martin Kovář is guilty of
plagiarism, according to the ethics committee of the university’s
philosophical faculty. The committee made the announcement at a meeting of
the Academic Senate on Thursday.
Mr Kovář, who headed the institute of World History at the Philosophical Faculty, stepped down from the post at the end of last year following a complaint by several graduate students.
According to the committee, Mr Kovář has been publishing plagiarised texts for about twenty years and is therefore not qualified to hold the title of Professor.
Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček is set to attend the
international security conference Munich, scheduled to take place this
weekend. The head of Czech diplomacy will speak at a panel discussion
focused on Europe’s ability to defend itself in a new era of multi-polar
Among the main topics of this year's Munich security conference, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, is the nuclear arms race, the future of the Transatlantic Alliance and the global rise of right-wing populism. Some forty heads of state and governments and eighty ministers are expected in Bavaria for the event’s 55th edition.
Czech writer Jaroslav Rudiš is nominated for this year’s annual Leipzig
Book Fair Prize in the category of fiction with his novel Winterbergs
letzte Reise or Winterberg’s Last Journey. The award is considered to be
the second most important German book-prize.
Jaroslav Rudiš has been awarded several prizes and two of his novels have been made into films. Winterberg's Last Journey is the first novel he has written in German. The novel, which depicts an adventurous, tragicomic journey through the history of Central Europe, is set to be released in Czech in the autumn of 2020.
The Czech Financial Administration, along with Facebook and the iRobot
company have been selected for this year’s Big Brother award, handed out
by the Iuridicum remedium civic association to companies that violate
people's privacy or disclose people's personal data to third
The award for the biggest privacy intruder in the long-term perspective went to Facebook for large-scale data leaks. The Financial Administration received the price for asking newly-wed couples to provide information about their wedding reception spending. In the private sector, the iRobot company was awarded for its vacuum cleaner, which collects spatial data to map users’ homes.
The Czech post released on Thursday a sheet of commemorative stamps marking
the 100th birthday of the legendary Czech traveller, author and filmmaker
Miroslav Zikmund. The stamps depict Mr Zikmund and his friend Jiří
Hanzelka, who died in 2003.
The popular post-war explorers visited over 80 countries with their famous Tatra 87, made over 150 documentary films and wrote over 20 books about their adventures. Between 1947 and 1952 they also wrote a weekly show for Czechoslovak Radio, which was one of the station’s most popular programmes.
There are an estimated 13,000 female prostitutes working in the Czech
Republic, according to data released on Thursday by the NGO Rozkoš bez
rizika, which provides counselling for sex-workers. About half of them are
single mothers, with around 13 percent of those having three or more
The survey also suggests that the number of Czech women for whom prostitution is their main source of income has been gradually increasing. They currently make up around 82 percent of all female sex-workers operating in the Czech Republic.
The annual Vinyla alternative music award for Czech LP of the year went to
the rock band Povodí Ohře for their album of the same name. Prague
producer Bílej kluk won the Newcomer of the Year category, while the award
for the Achievement of the Year went to ZVUK, an independent platform for
music education and projects in the field of electronic music and sound
The Vinyla Awards were founded in 2011 with the aim to acknowledge artists who bring original and innovative elements to the Czech music scene. The prizes were handed out at a ceremony in Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar on Wednesday evening.
Czech energy giant ČEZ says it is planning to invest CZK 1.5 billion into the Temelín nuclear power plant this year. The money will be spread between 180 separate investments. ČEZ says its main aim is to modernise the country’s largest power plant and strengthen its security. This includes new camera systems and barriers. Improvements are set to be installed in the individual blocks during their scheduled two-month long interruptions. Block 1 will shut down on March 1 and Block in the second half of June.
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency is set to send a reply to Huawei today, following the company’s request for a cancellation or modification of the agency‘s warning that Huawei and ZTE products should not be used in Czech critical infrastructure. Huawei says the warning was in violation of international law and has threatened the Czech Republic with an international lawsuit. Huawei’s media representative Filip Matys told the Czech News Agency that the letter is not an ultimatum and that the company will not limit its technologies used in the country’s domestic telephone networks. The Czech government asked critical infrastructure administrators to analyse the risks posed by using Chinese hardware and software in January.