Political influence

Although press freedom in the Republic of Cyprus is guaranteed by the constitution, political parties, the Orthodox Church and commercial interests have a great deal of influence over the media. Journalism is also hampered by certain bans on the use of geographical names not accepted by the state; on the denial of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes not recognised by the state. Defamation is criminalized. Recently, the Auditor General publicly threatened English-language daily Cyprus Mail, for using a Turkish geographical name in its reports. He said the paper “committed a criminal offence” and added he would examine the subsidy given to the paper.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



28 in 2019

Global score


21.74 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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