MPs approve relaxation of “muzzle law”

The lower house of the Czech Parliament has passed a bill relaxing the so-called muzzle law, which restricts the publication of information about individuals involved in criminal investigations. The amendment, proposed by the government, would allow the media to publish information from investigations if they believe public interest outweighs the protection of privacy. According to the Ministry of Justice, such cases could include recordings of politicians that suggest they have broken the law. If approved by the Senate and ratified by the president the new exemptions will take effect this year.