Political and church influence

Political parties and the Orthodox Church exercise a great deal of influence over the media. The church controls part of the TV station Mega while the daily newspaper Haravgi and Radio Astra support the communist party (AKEL). Journalism is also hampered by the criminalization of defamation, which is still punishable by up to five years in prison. Cyprus is a tax haven where many companies linked to Russian oligarchs have their official headquarters. Investigative reporting on the state’s links with Russia can lead to civil and criminal proceedings. A court order banned the newspaper Politis from publishing hacked emails between prosecutor Eleni Loizidou and the Russian prosecutor-general’s office. The gag order is still in effect despite an international campaign against this press freedom violation.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



30 in 2017

Global score


19.79 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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