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Nuclear explosion on Czech TV?

2007-06-18 21:00:00

Members of art-group called Ztohoven connected up to one of the stationary cameras during TV weathercast and in real time broadcast their own shots, which showed nuclear exposion. Then the picture changed. Instead of the name of the locality (Black Mine in the Krkonoše Mountains) the website reference ztohoven.com (website is overloaded for now) came up on the screen.

video: Czech TV News (YouTube.com), Entire Broadcast (Aktuálně.cz)

The website welcomes visitors with "This is media reality" announcement. Website contains photos of three masked persons moving around a building probably provided with the infiltrated camera of Czech TV. A guestbook is available as well.

Martin Krafl, the Czech TV spokesman protested against the interference: "The fake broadcast was really very inadvisable and could have provoced panic within large group of people." Czech police investigates the event.

The 'hacked' Panorama program is a 40 minutes long TV broadcast that shows actual weather in various locations of Czech Republic by a panoramatic cameras.

Statement made by art group 'Ztohoven' regarding their attack at the public service broadcaster in the Czech Republic
We are neither a terrorist organization nor a political group, our aim is not to intimidate the society or manipulate it, which is something we witness on daily basis both in real world and in the world created by the media.
Whether the reasons are political interests, market interests, financial interests or interests of supranational companies – we meet hidden manipulation and attempt to invade the subconscious mind of citizens with specific products or ideology, using all available means. We do not think that a subtle distortion of such system or an appeal to pure common sense of people and their ability to remain unaffected are harmful, not even in a democratic society. That is why, several years ago, the art group "Ztohoven" penetrated the public sphere of Prague, questioned the space given to advertisement generally and the space given to specific adverts. On the 17th of June 2007 this group attacked the space of TV broadcasting. It distorted it, questioned its truthfulness and its credibility. It drew attention to the possibility of using images of the world created by the media in place of the existing, real world.Is everything we see daily on our TV screens real? Is everything presented to us by the media, newspapers, television, Internet actually real? This is the concept our project would like to introduce and remind of. We believe that even the free space of public service broadcaster is able to endure such action and such impeachment. We hope our action will become an appeal for the future and remind the media of their duty to bring out the truth.
Thank you for independent media and free space for our society.
myspace.com/ztohoven



An artistic group Ztohoven has alredy undertaken 2 other happenings, that attracted attention of mainstream media. They attempted to veil half of a neon heart installed at the Prague Castle by artist Jiří David on the occasion of the Václav Havel's end of presidency in January, 2003. photos: photo 1, photo 2, photo 3
Ztohoven covered 800 city-lights in Prague with their own posters in the protest against advertisement in November, 2003.
photos: photo 1, photo 2


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