The fairy-tale riches of the wealthiest man in the world Jeff Bezos have been on the rise again since the beginning of this year due to the coronavirus. However, it has had no effect on the payslips of his Czech employees who supply predominantly the German market. Does the Czech Republic serve as a cheap warehouse servicing wealthy consumers to the west of our border? We are bringing a report on Amazon’s activity in the Czech Republic.
While dozens of newsrooms of various media are based in Prague with its one million inhabitants, the remaining nine million people in the country are served by a significantly smaller number of journalists. Over the past ten years, areas where virtually no media are located have been expanding inexorably. As a result, there are invisible but ever-growing media deserts stretching over the Czech regions and suffocating the local democracy.
The tense situation in the Slovak public broadcaster RTVS is in the spotlight once again. The Media Committee of the Slovak Parliament is requesting an investigation of its unbalanced coverage ahead of the 2020 parliamentary election after independent monitors warned about the issue. Journalists are drawing attention to the leadership’s breach of editorial independence and the broadcaster’s employees are demanding reform and depoliticization of the organisation. All while private media are warning about the loss of vital advertising revenue due to the coronavirus crisis.
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