|Name Petr Cibulka||Role Czech Politician|
Petr Cibulka - AI v Československu před rokem 1989
Petr Cibulka (October 27, 1950 in Brno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech politician and former dissident.
As a former member of Charter 77, Cibulka was imprisoned multiple times for various offenses before the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Prior to 1989, Cibulka had been arrested three times, and spent a total of 4 years in prison for having distributed non-official cultural and musical material. During the Velvet Revolution, he was arrested and put in prison again but was released as the crowds gathered in front of the prison in which he was held and demanded that he be freed.
StB archives disclosure
In the early ’90s, Cibulka published lists of names that appeared in still-classified StB archives. In 1999, Cibulka published a second edition of the list in book form. The book sold five times as many copies as the average work of fiction.
The lists eventually contained tens of thousands of people with various ties to secret services. An electronic form with an easy search function was added later.
Years later, in 2003, similar though much shorter lists were published officially by the Czech government and the very few personal files kept by the StB were made public.
Several public personalities (for example the actress Jiřina Bohdalová) sued the government, because they were unjustifiably included in the "informers files" - and some of them won their cases.
Cibulka published an online political journal called "Uncensored News" ("NECENZUROVANÉ NOVINY").
Cibulka is founder and leader of a tiny political party, "The Right Bloc" ("Pravý blok"). The complete name of the party, as it appears on election ballots in 2008, is:Vote for the Right Bloc
Cibulka argues that the information blockade by the Czech media necessitated the use of this name to deliver his program to the public.