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Why is the BBC running adverts for Czech political parties that break its own guidelines?

ODS advert on the BBC Sport site bbc-svobodni-screenshot

PraguePig.com was surprised to see adverts for two Eurosceptic Czech political parties on the BBC Sport website over the weekend.

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Billa bag-for-life bears unfortunate resemblance to Czech Communist party logo

Billa bag-for-life bears unfortunate resemblance to Czech Communist party logo

Consumerists or Communists? Hats off to the Billa marketing exec (presumably in Germany) who thought it would be a good idea to slap the Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy (Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia) logo on the side of the supermarket chain’s shopping bags.

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Everything you need to know about the 2013 Czech parliamentary election but couldn’t be bothered to ask

Everything you wanted to know about the 2013 Czech parliamentary elections but couldn't be bothered to ask

Illustration: Thelma E. Buswick

PraguePig.com was planning on writing a guide to this weekend’s Czech election but was greatly relieved to find out that electionista had already done the job in their weekly email.

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Elite Former Soldier Accused of Sexually Abusing Baby

Viktor Štingl

Did Viktor Štingl, who served with elite Czech units in Iraq and Kosovo, pay a six-week-old girl’s mother 500 crowns to spend time alone with her child, and then perform oral sex on the infant?

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Drunk-Driving “Mafioso” Lobbyist Roman Janoušek Injures Woman, Flees Crash Scene

Roman Janoušek Infographic

Roman Janoušek’s campaign to become the Czech Republic’s most-hated man is off to a flying start.

Two days after telephone transcripts emerged apparently showing then Prague Mayor Pavel Bém asking the lobbyist for his approval of city property deals, Janoušek allegedly fled the scene after injuring a woman while driving drunk.

Described by Blesk as the “biggest Mafioso in Prague” and, in a banner headline, “Mr. Pig” (steady on!), Janoušek reportedly hit a 51-year-old “foreigner of Asian origin” while driving away from the scene of a prang on Vyskočilova street in Prague 4-Michle on Friday afternoon.

According to Blesk, the 43-year-old multi-millionaire had driven his “luxury Porsche” into the back of the Asian woman’s Volvo then hit her as he drove off. The woman suffered multiple injuries and was later taken to Motol hospital.

The tabloid’s coverage of the incident, which took up the first five pages of its Saturday edition, includes a helpful infographic (pictured above), vaguely reminiscent of Taiwan’s wonderful Apple Daily animations.

Police later apprehended Janoušek, whose nicknames include “Voldemort”, on Pujmanové street in Prague 4-Krč, and after interviewing him for several hours, began criminal proceedings against him and released him.

Janoušek’s current whereabouts are unknown, leading Blesk to speculate that his powerful associates — who also include deputy Czech police president Ladislav Husák and Prague’s deputy chief prosecutor Libor Grygárek — could be conspiring to protect him.

For non-Czech speakers, ČeskéNoviny.cz has an English-language account of the incident, albeit one somewhat less colourful than the Blesk account linked to below.

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