Czechia 🇨🇿, officially known as the Czech Republic, is a central European state that was established on January 1, 1993. Though the largest religious group is Roman Catholic (7%) as of 2022, the majority of the population of 10,705,384 does not identify a specific religious affiliation.[1] It was formed along with Slovakia when their predecessor state, Czechoslovakia, advised the United Nations (UN) that it would be dissolved on December 31, 1992 and that the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic would apply for membership to the UN as successor states. On May 17, 2016, the Czech Republic notified the UN that "Czechia" would be used as the short name for the country.[2]

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After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the first democratically-elected president of Czechoslovakia (and later the Czech Republic), Václav Havel, diminished censorship restrictions that were mandated by authorities of the Soviet Union. This afforded more artistic freedom and expression, making the media a separate institution from the state. In terms of the film industry, more than 50% of the Czech press was owned by foreign bodies, mostly Soviet corporations. Havel introduced broadcasting laws, ‘The Law on Radio and Television Broadcasting’ in 1991, which abolished the government's monopoly on broadcasting programmes, such as television or radio, allowing producers to compose works devoid of government influence or pressures. The newly formed democratic government of the Czech Republic reorganised the Barrandov Film Studio in Prague, the largest film studio in Europe, reaffirming the new freedoms and liberties afforded under the democratic government. This remains the case today, as Czech Republic has a relatively low rate of censorship restrictions - having the 23rd lowest rate of internet censorship out of a ranking of 179 countries.

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  1. Czechia, The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency. 2022-05-31.
  2. Czechoslovakia and Successor States: Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Nations. 2016-05-17.

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