Media stereotype Roma minority

The Czech media often stereotype Romanies and portray them in a negative light thus worsening their public image, according to an analysis conducted by the government agency for social integration and released on Monday, International Roma Day. According to the analysis, three fifths of all the items on Romanies which appeared in the media between September 2011 and May 2012 concerned crime in which Romanies were named as the perpetrators. The analysis says media output on the Romany minority shows little variety and focuses largely on crime followed by extremism and housing problems. There were substantially fewer reports on Roma culture, history and traditions.