Feature

Safe in the Senate

The week's news at a glance.

Prague

The owner of the Czech Republic’s most popular TV station has evaded his legal difficulties by becoming a senator. Vladimir Zelezny became famous nine years ago when he launched Nova, the country’s first private TV station. Its dubbed American sitcoms and naked weather girls quickly made Nova the most popular channel in the country. But Zelezny’s rapid rise as a business tycoon was marred by lawsuits, title disputes, and charges of tax evasion. Last year he spent several nights in jail pending the posting of bond, and he was to face trial next year. Now, as a senator, he enjoys legal immunity. More established politicians, though, were annoyed that Zelezny, who has his own show on Nova, got what amounted to free airtime. The government is now drafting a law that would prevent owners of radio or television stations from using their media for personal political campaigns.

Recommended

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'
North Koreans walk in Pyongchang.
sure ...

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine
Leopard 2 battle tanks
Many tanks

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?
A destroyed Russian tank
Briefing

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?

Why Turkey is blocking NATO's expansion
Turkey, Finland, and Sweden.
Briefing

Why Turkey is blocking NATO's expansion

Most Popular

Schiff, Omar, and Swalwell unleash on McCarthy's committee rejections
Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff
The gloves are off

Schiff, Omar, and Swalwell unleash on McCarthy's committee rejections

Egypt's mummified 'golden boy' digitally unwrapped 2,300 years after burial
entrance to the Egyptian Museum
history unveiled

Egypt's mummified 'golden boy' digitally unwrapped 2,300 years after burial

Kevin McCarthy disavows GOP 30 percent national sales tax plan
Kevin McCarthy
'masochistic vote'

Kevin McCarthy disavows GOP 30 percent national sales tax plan