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Cypriot journalists protest restrictive measures
2003-05-09 13:21:35

Nicosia, May 9 (CNA) -- Journalists in Cyprus and Greece have protested tactics by the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime which barred Greek Cypriot journalists from covering an illegal visit to occupied Cyprus by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.|

The regime, unlike other occasions in the recent past, demanded that Greek Cypriot journalists presented their passports to be allowed access into Turkish occupied Cyprus, saying this is a decision that has to be complied with. Greek Cypriot journalists refused to show their passports to cross into the occupied part of the island, and offered their press cards.

''We have protested these tactics to the UN, the European Union and other international organizations and called on them to intervene in the direction of Ankara and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to abandon such polices and allow journalists to do their job,'' Andreas Kannaouros, president of the Cyprus Union of Journalists.

He said this action is a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the press.

The Greek Union of daily papers will also protest this action and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will raise the issue with Ankara.

CNA MM/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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