The House of Representatives’ electoral committee has recommended to MPs that Daniel Cobble be removed from the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting. According to him, he broke the law when he participated in the presidential campaign of Andrej Babiš (ANO). According to the law, council members “may not hold positions in or speak for political parties or movements”.
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Köppl denies all accusations and warns that if he is recalled, he will defend himself through legal means. “It depends on the reasoning, and it will be interesting reading because I don’t know on what basis they want to make it, because the legal analysis that I’m saying is something else,” he told reporters after the committee meeting.
A member of the “Great Council” has long been an adviser to ANO Vice President and MP Karel Havlicek. As he confirmed on the iROZHLAS.cz server, he also continues to hold the position of assistant to MP Jana Bastuchová (ANO). “Yes, I am cooperating. I am analyzing for them,” he said. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he acted as the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.
Committee members also criticized his appearance on Czech television during the first round of the presidential election. On this occasion, he acted as “a member of Andrej Babiš’s marketing team”. However, Councilor Koble, who previously worked for Jaromir Soukup’s Economia and Empresa Media publications, rejects this.
Nothing in favor of the YES movement
“Let me emphasize that I am not saying anything in support of the Yes movement. I was saying general things. Not sure how that title came up. I can imagine that they took me logically from the perspective that they have some experience with my marketing background. “I know something from Mr. (Karl) Havlikek’s performance, so I can say something,” he says, looking back on his performance.
However, absolutely common things are not heard during his conversation. Köppl acted as an enthusiastic member of the team, describing, for example, that they “then started the campaign” or “they had the advantage that Babiš was widely known”.
Grounds of appeal
The House of Representatives may remove a Council member from office for the following reasons:
- c) If he has committed any such act which violates his dignity, impartiality or independence or calls into question the independence or impartiality of the Council.
Act no. 231/2001 Coll., Amending the Operation of Radio and Television Broadcasting and Other Laws
The TV host’s first question was whether he had already spoken to the presidential candidate. “We talked together and the main thing we discussed was the color of the tie. It was an important point for us to address. We are waiting for the result with some humility. The team is divided between the optimists and the pessimists, nobody is leading, we are split in half,” replied Goble.
However, he contradicted his statement on Thursday, saying he had not discussed his involvement. “Question (About the tie) was in remission. I don’t think it’s part of marketing. This is purely informative, a group I was in had a tie so I said that. I used the plural because I am not personally involved in it,” said Koble, who has been nominated for a position on the council in 2021 by the ANO movement.
As additional evidence that he must have been breaking the law for a long time, the representatives presented, for example, money from an apparent ANO account or photographs of a lecture to students.
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‘He must choose’
The motion for appeal was presented by Deputy Speaker Olga Richterova (Pirates).
“If he wants to be a media consultant, to speak in favor of a particular political party or movement, that’s fine, let him do that. But then he doesn’t want to be a member of the council, which would, among other things, create potential offenses as to whether the broadcast is biased in favor of a particular political party, for example. to be discussed. It is not possible,” she answered the question of the iROZHLAS.cz server.
The entire Chamber of Deputies will decide Goblin’s appeal. The Electoral Commission recommended such a procedure, saying the councilor had been flouting the law for a long time. Only ANO deputy Stanislav Berkovec was against, his other party members abstaining from voting.
The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting shall, inter alia, oversee the protection and development of content freedom or diversity programs and information in broadcasting. According to information from the council, members received 90,800 kroner as monthly wages in 2021.
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