PIO - Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the procedure for publishing a foreign newspaper / magazine in Cyprus?
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2. How do I become accredited as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus?
3. How can I have a document, certificate, school diploma, etc, officially translated at the PIO?
4. How can I join your mailing list in order to receive your publications?
5. Where can I find general information about Cyprus (history, the Cyprus problem, economy, culture, Cyprus-EU affairs, etc.)?
6. Where can I find PIO publications?
7. Where can I find past issues of Greek and English language newspapers and magazines published in Cyprus? How can I obtain copies of articles in back issues?
8. Where can I find the press releases issued by the PIO?
9. How can one film or take photogaphs along the cease-fire line in Cyprus?
10. What's the role of the Cyprus Media Complaints Commission?
11. What's the role of the Cyprus Radio Television Authority?
12. How can I lodge a complaint about a press report or radion/TV programme or commercial?


1. What is the procedure for publishing a foreign newspaper / magazine in Cyprus?
You can find information regarding the procedure for publishing a foreign newspaper / magazine in Cyprus, on this website, under the title ARCHIVES - SERVICES / Newspaper Registration.
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] 2. How do I become accredited as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus?
To become accredited as a foreign correspondent in Cyprus, one must present himself/herself to the PIO bearing a letter from the news organisation he/she is working for, which confirms his/her employment as correspondent in Cyprus for the said organisation. He/she should also present a passport or ID, as well as a press card, photocopies of which will be retained by the PIO. Once the accreditation process by the PIO is completed, the interested party must apply to the Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior for a residence permit.
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3. How can I have a document, certificate, school diploma, etc, officially translated at the PIO?
The PIO undertakes translations in some 35 languages for both members of the general public as well as government departments. You can find more information about translations on this website, under the title ARCHIVES - SERVICES / Certified Translations.
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4. How can I join your mailing list in order to receive your publications?
You can be included in our mailing list for any of the following publications by simply sending us your name and postal address along with your request at the email stkyriacou@pio.moi.gov.cy: - I Kypros Mas (journal for overseas Cypriots in Greek, published every four months), - Cyprus Today (cultural magazine, published every four months) Alternatively, you can receive the aforesaid publications as well as the news bulletins, issued in English, "Cyprus Factsheet - Political Developments" and "Cyprus Factsheet - Economy" in electronic form (pdf), by sending us a request by email at foreign.press@hotmail.com.
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5. Where can I find general information about Cyprus (history, the Cyprus problem, economy, culture, Cyprus-EU affairs, etc.)?
You can find general information about Cyprus from the official websites of government departments, which are listed on the 'Links' section of this website.
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6. Where can I find PIO publications?
The PIO has a number of publications available in Greek, English and other languages. These can be collected in person from the PIO premises in Nicosia or from the diplomatic missions of the Republic abroad. For more information you may contact the following email addresses: anikolaidou@pio.moi.gov.cy, stkyriacou@pio.moi.gov.cy
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7. Where can I find past issues of Greek and English language newspapers and magazines published in Cyprus? How can I obtain copies of articles in back issues?
The Press and Information Office has archives of Greek and English language newspapers published in Cyprus going back to the beginning of British rule in 1878, all of which are available for research purposes. It also has copies of mainland Greek newspapers as well as foreign newspapers and newspapers/magazines published by Greek or Greek Cypriot communities abroad. The newspaper archives are available either in digital format or in microfilm. The magazines are provided in their original hardcopy form. For more information, as well as service fees, you can click here.
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8. Where can I find the press releases issued by the PIO?
The Press and Information Office maintains a press releases archive, dating back to 1959, which has now been digitized. The digitized archive can be accessed freely on the website that the PIO has created specifically for this purpose. The PIO press releases of the current year can also be found on this website, under the title NEWS - Press Releases.
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9. How can one film or take photogaphs along the cease-fire line in Cyprus?
Filming or taking photographs along the cease-fire line is permitted only after the relevant permit has been granted by the Ministry of Defence. In order to secure the aforesaid permit, TV/film crews and reporters are advised to contact the Foreign Mass Media section of the Press and Information Office, at least ten days prior to the day they wish to carry out the filming or photographing, by email: amiltiadou@pio.moi.gov.cy, fax: +357 22666123, or tel: +357 22801150, -175, providing all necessary information about themselves, i.e. the medium they represent, the time and place of filming or photographing etc. The Foreign Mass Media section will then forward their request to the Ministry of Defence for the issuing of the permit.
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10. What's the role of the 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 of Journalists. For more information you can visit the Commission's website.
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11. What's the role of the Cyprus Radio Television Authority?
The Cyprus Radio Television Authority is a regulatory body with wide powers and responsibilities which allow it to be independent in order to regulate and control radio-television matters in an effective manner. The Cyprus Radio Television Authority was established by the Radio and Television Stations Law, Law 7(I) of 1998. The specific Law regulates matters such as the establishment, installation and operation of private radio and television bodies in Cyprus. For more information you can visit the Authority's website.
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12. How can I lodge a complaint about a press report or radion/TV programme or commercial?
You may lodge an online complaint about a press report or article on the Cyprus Media Complaints Commission's website. Furthemore, you may lodge an online complaint about the content of radio or TV programmes or commercials on the Cyprus Radio Television Authority's website.
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