Karel Mašita, a musician and journalist, was born on 5 April 1948. During the 1960s, he was the leader of a band called The Flowers Childrens (sic) which was banned in 1968. He was sentenced (imprisonment, forced psychiatric treatment, protective surveillance) several times during the 1970s and 1980s for the social offence of “social parasitism” because he wanted to work as a musician but did not have the necessary licence or a long-term stable job. He was a member of the Jazz Section and became a legal representative of Artfórum, the successor to the Jazz Section, in the 1990s. He was fully vindicated and, thanks to him, many of the materials relating to the activities of JS which were confiscated during house searches were returned to their owners during the 1990s. Mašita died on 3 December 2007 in Příbram.
Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
- Müller, Dorota
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