In a curious incident criticized by all the journalists , the Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman holds up gun during a press conference he attended last friday.where billionaire businessman Andrej Babis, leader of the populist ANO movement and a Zeman ally, won with nearly 30 per cent of the vote and is expected to become prime minister.
Journalists and human rights groups condemned Friday’s actions, though some said it was merely a joke.
“Not funny,” Human Rights Watch’s European media director Andrew Stroehlein wrote on Twitter.
The timing of the incident is particularly incendiary since it came only days after an investigative reporter was killed in a car bomb in Malta.
Critics are worried about the future of an independent media because Babis owns his own media empire.
Zeman received the gun as a gift during his travels throughout the country, The Washington Post reports.
He has often come under fire for his comments on the press. In May, he told Russian president Vladimir Putin that they needed to “liquidate journalists” because there was too many of them. Zeman and Putin were in Beijing to discuss the “one belt, one road” economic plan, The New York Times reported.
At the time, his spokesman told reporters that it was a joke.
Zeman has also been quoted calling journalists “hyenas” and “manure.” When Zeman was sworn in in 2013, he attacked the country’s media on his first day in office, saying some of them “brainwash” and “manipulate public opinion,” and has continued to make critical remarks.
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