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Czech News Website Motejlek in Disarray After Founder’s Decamping

The Czech server Motejlek.com is a rare success story of paid online news. The departure of its founder is likely to harm the site - and, to some extent, independent journalism, too.
 
The founder and  head of the Czech business news website Motejlek.com, journalist Miroslav Motejlek, quit at the end of April, dealing a blow to the profitable website whose exclusive content, available only to paying customers, has been based mostly on information from his sources.
 
The website, which Mr Motejlek launched in 2008, is a rare success story of paid online news in this Central European country where most publishers, struggling amid a glut of free information on the internet, are reluctant to charge for content, fearing readers would opt for free alternatives.