Cesspool of Investigative Reporting
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Cesspool of Investigative Reporting
24. 4. 2017

Exposing corrupt conduct and unfair political behaviour takes courage if you don’t want reek of the foul odour of the Czech political scene. Truth usually lurks from the mud that was brought in to mask foul play. To rake muck is to risk your journalist integrity and god name to give the name to something politicians really won’t like to talk about. The deputy governor of the Vysočina Region, Josef Pavlík (ANO) did not tell the truth to his voters about his membership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. It was later revealed that he served in the People’s Militia—the military wing of his party. He had to suspend his membership in the ANO Movement, because he was unable to explained what made him serve like that, in the past.

Exposing corrupt conduct and unfair political behaviour takes courage if you don’t want reek of the foul odour of the Czech political scene. Truth usually lurks from the mud that was brought in to mask foul play.

To rake muck is to risk your journalist integrity and god name to give the name to something politicians really won’t like to talk about.

The deputy governor of the Vysočina Region, Josef Pavlík (ANO) did not tell the truth to his voters about his membership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. It was later revealed that he served in the People’s Militia—the military wing of his party.

He had to suspend his membership in the ANO Movement, because he was unable to explained what made him serve like that, in the past.

Overnight, a regional ANO leader turns nonpartisan. Still supported by his regional ANO cell in Vysočina, but without visible support from ANO’s national presidency.

Investigative reporters refreshed Deputy Pavlík’s memory by presenting the serial number of his KSČM candidate and member card, and records of the local KSČ cell, concerning his entry and promotion he got from the People’s Militia headquarters.

Every time a politician cannot or will not remember what he did in his political past, investigative journalism must be brought to action. To disclose what he attempts to bury in the mud of oblivion.

 

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