Journalists respond to Prague sleaze story with letter to "Potter" parents
There were reports last week that the parents of Daniel Radcliffe, the teenage actor who plays Harry Potter, did not want him to film in Prague. The reason: the city's wild night life and sex industry. Those reports were subsequently denied by the family, but not before UK-based Czech journalist Jan Jun and his son Dominik wrote to the Radcliffes, rejecting Prague's reputation - particularly in Britain - as a centre for sleaze. Dominik Jun is the editor of quarterly New Presence - what exactly was in the letter to "Harry Potter's" parents.
After you wrote the letter it emerged that Daniel Radcliffe's father didn't make those statements that, but it's still an issue isn't it, about stag groups in Prague. What's to blame here - is it Prague's...dubious temptations, or is it the stag groups coming here?
Usually you see these groups here at the weekend - how much of an impact do they make to the city centre, say, on a Saturday night?
"I live in the centre so they affect me very personally. Around 4 am most nights you'll hear at least a 'wooooaaahh'. If any Brit out there can explain what exactly 'wooooaaahh' means I'd love to know. I think it's a sign of British repression coming undone in the rest of the world.
"Obviously you do hear people shouting 'shut up you bloody tourists' but I think when the British when they're here they literally do not realise they're in a residential area, they're just somewhere where they can scream.
"I believe that the politicians just go, no we could lose money. That's all they care about. The moral issue, or the economic issue that they could in fact be losing money from other tourists...I don't think has occurred to anybody yet."