Libor Michálek originally worked as a stockbroker. He drew attention to various machinations in the privatization of state-owned shares and was consequently immediately fired from the National Property Fund. For the next 14 years, he worked as a supervisor of the financial market (Securities Commission, the Czech National Bank). In 2010, he became the director of the State Environmental Fund where he claims to have faced corruption pressure in what became known as the “Drobil case”. He made several recordings as evidence and stopped transactions that were intended for illegal financing of a political party.
The next day after filing a criminal complaint, he was fired from work. In 2012, he became a senator. In the Senate, he submits bills intending to reduce the potential for corruption and protect whistleblowers. Libor Michálek has received the Prize for Courage from the Anticorruption Endowment.