Václav Prokůpek, once a member of the neo-Nazi Workers’ Party (Dělnická strana – DS) who then ran as a candidate for its successor, the DSSS, was recently revealed to have authored a hoax about a Romani political party treasurer for the Czech tabloid Parlamentní listy (PL). He is far from the only example of a member of the ultra-right who is working or has worked at PL. From the start, Prokůpek was just one cog in a well-oiled machine at the tabloid.
Other such cogs are the contributors to and editors of PL and its affiliated websites. They are: Radim Panenka, once with the National Party (Národní strana – NS); Adam B. Bartoš, considered by some to be the Czech Republic’s most famous anti-Semite; and Lukáš Petřík, who is the liaison between the D.O.S.T. organization, Petr Hájek at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, and the PL editors.
What is at issue here is what PL and its affiliated websites – EUportal.cz, EUserver.cz, Eportál.cz, EUrabia.cz and Freeglobe.cz – represent. The individuals involved can always be gotten rid of and the editors can always claim to have been fooled by them, as they did recently in the case of Prokůpek. Those behind PL are involved in a long-term project to raise the social prestige of a group of ultra-conservatives, ultra-Catholics, and other right-wing extremists around the D.O.S.T. organization that includes Petr Hájek and Ladislav Jakl at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic, the Patriotic Front organization (Vlastenecká fronta – VF), the magazine “National Idea” (Národní myšlenka – NM), etc.