Czech Art Group, Ztohoven, Wins Award AND Faces Prosecution for Nuclear Bomb Prank

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Update, January 24, 2008: That Mushroom Cloud? They”™re Just Svejking Around — An article from the New York Times, that interviews three representatives of Ztohoven and explains a bit about their motivation.

Hoax nuke blast seen on TV weather
January 3, 2008

Prague, Czech Republic (AP) — Members of a Czech art group who hacked into television broadcasting with images of a hoax nuclear explosion were charged and will have to stand trial, a state prosecutor said Thursday.

The television broadcast:

The six members of the Prague-based Ztohoven group were charged last month with spreading false information and face up to three years in jail if convicted, said Dusan Ondracek, the state prosecutor in the northern town of Trutnov, who is in charge of the case.

The trial could begin by the end of January, Ondracek said.

On June 17, viewers of a Czech television channel watching a Web cam program monitoring weather in various Czech mountain resorts could see a nuclear explosion taking place in the Krkonose or Giant Mountains in the northern Czech Republic.

In December, the project was awarded the NG 333 prize for young artists by Prague’s National Gallery together with a cash prize of 333,000 koruna (US$18,350).

Related link:

  • Weather report: Expect a brief mushroom cloud coming from the east