When a journalist is lying through his teeth
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When a journalist is lying through his teeth
29. 7. 2015

On Monday, following a court ruling, Týden Weekly printed an apology for untrue information about Vl. Sitta Jr., published in an article written by Marek Přibil. In virtually every Mafia movie, somebody says at least once, “Everybody has a price” or “Make him an offer he’ll find hard to turn down”. How else should one judge the article, “Rittig’s Rival at Police Bash,” published by Týden’s former staff member, Marek Přibil, on 15 September 2014?

On Monday, following a court ruling, Týden Weekly printed an apology for untrue information about Vl. Sitta Jr., published in an article written by Marek Přibil.

In virtually every Mafia movie, somebody says at least once, “Everybody has a price” or “Make him an offer he’ll find hard to turn down”.

How else should one judge the article, “Rittig’s Rival at Police Bash,” published by Týden’s former staff member, Marek Přibil, on 15 September 2014?

The gist of Mr Přibil’s story could be summed up in a few sentences:

1) In 2008, the ÚOOZ (Organized Crime Detection Unit) threw a “wild bash” on a secret location.
2) Strangely, a “civilian”, Vl. Sitta Jr., was among the partygoers and one year later he blew the whistle on the shady dealings of Ivo Rittig.
3) Vl. Sitta Jr. actually holds arms with an identified police officer with Prague Police Chief Petr Želásko in the background (documented by a photograph).
4) Vl. Sitta poses at the “bash” with a police ID (documented by a photograph).

Now, what really happened?

Re 1: It was not a bash, but an ÚOOZ seminar. It was not held on a secret location, but at Hotel Solenice. It is a service organization working for the Ministry of the Interior. The seminar did not take place in 2008, but in 2011.

Re 2: Vl. Sitta Jr. interacted with the ÚOOZ and other police bodies in his capacity of criminology expert (technical investigation of documents, ID’s, equities, banknotes etc…). He was a lecturer at the seminar.

Re 3: The man, seen in the photograph holding arms with Vl. Sitta, has never been a police officer. The photograph was not taken at an ÚOOZ bash, but at Vl. Sitta’s wedding.

Re 4: Vl. Sitta is not posing with a police ID card at an ÚOOZ bash, but at his own wedding, since the photograph was again taken at the wedding of Vl. Sitta Jr.

What to say in conclusion? Marek Přibil “defected” from Týden to MF Dnes. If you read his stories, and read, for example, that a miners’ protest was held outside the Office of the Government on 27 May 2015 you may be reasonably sure it was not a miners’ protest, but a meeting of teachers, it did not take place outside the government office, but at a teachers’ rally, the date was not 27 July 2025 but 1 May 2013, and the venue was not the government office, but Prague’s Letná Hill. Pray for Marek Přibil so he does not start writing history essays, or worse, lads a job with a magazine specializing in science and technology.

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