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The 2020 Enhancing Democracy in the Czech Republic IQP group pursued the goal of advocating for democracy in the Czech Republic by creating a documentary highlighting the current decline in some democratic practices in the Czech Republic. Due to travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was completed remotely, and not in Prague as originally planned. We contacted a student at Charles University in Prague to learn about current threats to democracy, participated in a discussion with former ambassador Adrian Basora on the rise of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, and investigated Czech organizations and movements aimed at promoting democracy through public debate, protests, and education. Investigating current Czech political opinions and analyzing data trends served as a foundation for making an educational video on the nature of democracy and democratic activism. By circulating our video online, our goal is to raise the public’s awareness about the essential aspects of a democratic government, while also studying strategies that would make our video more accessible and widespread for the citizens of the Czech Republic.
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