Better the Devil You Don’t Know: Post -Revolutionary Journalism and Media Ownership in the Czech Republic


  • Lenka Waschková Císařová Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies
  • Monika Metyková University of Sussex, School of Media, Film and Music


Czech Republic, print media, ownership, journalism, journalistic values


In this article we map some of the key developments on the Czech print media market following the fall of communism in 1989. We focus on ownership changes and their impact on the conduct of professional journalism. In the 1990s foreign media companies (dominantly German and Swiss) entered the Czech media market and brought with them a profit-oriented model of journalism. Our research in the mid-2000s explored these changes and their impact on journalists’ professional conduct. At the time journalists stressed commercial pressures, however, in the mid-2010s with the departure of foreign print media owners (except for one) and the emergence of local ones, journalists voiced concerns about interference in content for political purposes. We also note that the journalists we interviewed did not reflect on the influence of government on the conduct of their profession, for example, through media regulation.