Lecture in language
He spent 5 years in the Middle East as a Czech TV reporter. Last year, Jakub Szántó returned to the Czech Republic and published a book called Za oponou války (Behind the Curtain of War) where he describes his eyewitness experience from the front lines, terroristic attack spots, revolutions and coups d'état he has reported on during the last two decades.
Jakub graduated from Charles University and Central European University in Budapest. He completed a doctorate in modern history, which allowed him to perceive not only war conflicts in a wider context. Since 1999, he has been working as a TV reporter. From 2013 he worked as a correspondent in the Middle East. His wife Lenka Szántó, also a journalist and successful screenwriter, and their two
sons Elias and Benjamin accompanied him to the news post. Although rockets from Gaza flew over their house in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, Jakub and his family highly appreciate this five-year experience.
Jakub covered a number of international crises, such as the second Palestinian Intifada and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts of the last two decades, the shocks of the Arab Spring, the Russian-Chechnian and Russian-Georgian wars, and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
„I do not consider the conflict between Israel and Palestine to be religious, it is a national conflict,“ says the winner of the 2014 Journalist Award and the 2017 Peroutka Award.