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Jan Scheinost - prominentní katolický novinář před Národním soudem

Title in English Jan Scheinost - prominent catholic journalist on National Court


Year of publication 2006
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Osobnost v církvi a politice. Čeští a slovenští křesťané ve 20. století
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field History
Keywords Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia; Czech protectorate journalism
Description The article aims to evaluate the case of the influential Catholic journalist Jan Scheinost who was active under the First Czechoslovak Republic. Between 24 and 28 March 1947 he was subjected to court procedures for his activities as an editor-in-chief of Lidové listy and Národní politika during the existence of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Scheinost carried out tasks assigned to him by the occupiers and protectorate offices but he did not actively engage in the tasks. The National Court did not prove that Scheinost had been a denouncer or a paid informer of Sicherheitsdienst (SD). On the contrary, he was trusted by members of staff, apart from other things, for not putting pressure on them to devote themselves to journalistic activism and, to an extent, he also helped the resistance force. The National Court sentenced Scheinost to twenty-two months in prison as it announced that he was embedded in the collaborating institutions of the Protectorate and in the daily press supported the Protectorates occupying regime.

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