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Permits For Journalists In Cyprus

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Information on Cyprus permits required for journalists

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Practice of Journalism   

Description

In order to practise journalism in the Republic of Cyprus and cover special events, i.e. press conferences by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a press card from the Press and Information Office. A press card may also be obtained from the Union of Cyprus Journalists.

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone who wants to get a press card must satisfy the Press and Information Office that he/she:

practises the profession of a journalist and earn his/her living out of journalism;

is mainly and regularly employed at a Mass Communication Medium which operates or is issued in Cyprus;

provides intellectual work to the organization he/she works for (that is he/she must hold the position of a manager, a chief editor, an editor, a correspondent, a photo reporter, e.t.c.).

Application Procedure

In order to obtain a press card in the Republic of Cyprus, a letter from the employer confirming the press identity and the continuous employment at the relevant organization (i.e. newspaper, magazine or another Mass Media Organization), must be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the:

Press and Information Office

Section of Local Mass

Apellis St.

1456 Nicosia, Cyprus

Telephone: +357 22801151/2

Fax: +357 22666123

The above mentioned letter must include the journalist’s identity card or passport and name written in Greek and English. It can also be sent in electronic form, accompanied by a digital passport-sized photo of the applicant.

The press card is issued on the same day, provided that all necessary documents will be submitted. The press card is valid for three years.

Obligations and Supervision

The Code of Practice defines the duties and rights of journalists and covers the following topics: Accuracy of information, the right of rebuttal, the right to privacy, conduct in Hospitals, human pain and grief, obtaining information by dubious means, copyright, bribe, presumption of innocence of suspects and accused people, sexual offences, protection of children, discrimination, reporting of financial news, professional privilege and public interest.

The 1989 Press Law safeguards the freedom of the press, the unhindered circulation of newspapers, the right of journalists not to disclose the sources of their information and access to official information.

Non-statutory guidelines have been laid down and journalists are expected to exercise self-regulation in the absence of a functioning Press Council to deal with complaints or non-compliance with journalistic standards. Cyprus journalists have their own Code of Conduct and have set up a committee to monitor its implementation.

Free access to information

Under the Press Law, all journalists, Cypriot or foreign, have the right to free access to state sources of information, freedom to seek and acquire information from any competent authority of the Republic and the freedom to make this public. The authority concerned must give the requested information unless it pertains to state or public security, constitutional or public order, public morals or the protection of the honour and rights of third parties.

All journalists, Cypriot or foreign, have the right not to reveal their source of information and to refuse to give testimony without being liable to prosecution for doing so.

The only exception is in instances where a journalist publishes information regarding a criminal offence. He may then be obliged by the Court examining the case or the coroner to reveal his source, provided that the Court or the coroner is satisfied that the following preconditions concur:

the information is clearly related to the criminal offence

the information cannot be obtained otherwise

reasons of superior and imperative public interest require that the information be revealed.

The right to reply

Persons, organisations or public institutions that are named or indirectly referred to in a report or article have the right to reply if they consider the information concerning themselves as untrue or misleading. Their reply must be published, free of charge, within three days of its receipt, giving it the same prominence as the initial report.

Cyprus Media Complaints Commission

The Cyprus Media Complaints Commission is an independent press council, responsible for the self-regulation of the news media, both written and electronic. It is entirely free from government interference or judicial supervision, ensuring that through self-regulation freedom of the press is maintained, standards of conduct are raised and the members of the public are given the opportunity to lodge their grievances against the media when they feel they have been offended.

The Cyprus Media Complaints Commission was established in May, 1997 by the Association of Newspapers and Periodicals Publishers, the owners of private Electronic Media and the Cyprus Union o Journalists. The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, a self-governing organization operating under public law, acceded to the regulations governing the operation of the CMCC and the Code of Media Ethics six months later.

Other Associations

Union of Cyprus Journalists

ΡΙΚ Avenue 12,

2120 Aglantzia

P.O.Box 23495,

1683 Nicosia,

Cyprus

Telephone: +357 22446090

Fax: +357 22446095

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