Media freedom must be upheld across the EU, but the Czech case is more the blunder of one politician than a systemic issue, many MEPs argued in a debate in the European Parliament on 1st June. The plenary debate was held in reaction to a leaked audio recording, allegedly catching the leader of the Czech coalition ANO party, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, instructing a journalist employed by his media group on how to attack his political rivals.