Czech minority-language broadcasts could be expanded
Friday, April 13th, 2007

Czech ethnic minority language radio and television broadcasts could be expanded in the future in the Czech regions in which a large part of the Polish or Slovak minorities lives, chairwoman of the government council for Ethnic Minorities Minister Dzamila Stehlikova said after the first meeting of the council.

She said that the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages that has been valid in the Czech Republic since March guarantees the expansion of the minority-language broadcasts. “We have discussed minority-language broadcasts and there is naturally the will to expand them,” she said.

The European Charter guarantees to minorities bilingual signs, the use of minority languages in public life, minority-language radio and TV broadcasts and minority-language education. This concerns the use of the Slovak language on all the Czech territory and the Polish language in the Moravian and Silesian region in the places in which Poles make up more than one-tenth of the population.

Stehlikova said that it would depend on concrete initiatives by minorities and the approach by the radio and TV stations whether and to what extent the native-language broadcasts will be expanded.

(Source: CTK)