Monthly Archives: November 2010

Treasurehunt for youth to unite old Nicosia: 28 November

CCMC member Soma Akriton along with Mediation Association, within the framework of the Youth Activism project funded by UNDP-ACT, is organising “Let’s Unite Old Nicosia” – an educational event designed to bring together young people in an exploring, learning and working-together experience. The event will take place on Sunday 28 November at 10:30am.

Participants will work against the clock, in competition with other teams, to complete a carefully prepared series of tasks designed to enhance awareness, discovery, communication skills, cooperation and leadership.

Mixed team members will navigate their way around the old city of Nicosia within a specified time period, using the map provided, and working out the answers to the clues, whilst viewing and appreciating the historic surrounds. Join the team on Sunday 28 November at 10:30am, starting at Ledra Street. All participants will be divided into three age-based categories:

  • 6-11 years olds – who need accompaniment by their parents
  • 12-14 year olds – junior category – participants will be escorted by youth leaders allocated by organizers
  • 15-18+ years – participants will compete in mixed groups of 8-10 people.

Winning teams will be awarded with prizes. Go along and bring as many people as you can to show the youth of Cyprus are visible! For registering and more information please visit

An English language flyer with more details can be downloaded here.

Για πληροφορίες στα Ελληνικά κάντε κλίκ εδώ.


Puppet Show this Saturday 27 November!


Come along to a San Francisco street-style Puppet Show this Saturday the 27th November 2010 at 11am at the J. William Fulbright Center, Nicosia.

Children are especially welcome! The puppet show will be in English with Turkish and Greek translation.

Competition for Human Rights Day 2010

CCMC members KISA and the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation (TCHRF) have launched an art competition on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, which aims to promote and highlight the importance of International Human Rights Day. The theme of the competition is “Human rights through the eyes of the youth”. Continue reading

Paying for news online – a model for Cyprus?

‘The one thing I would say is that what are you seeing here is something at its very early stages, but also a revelation as well as a revolution in journalism’ – John Harding, Editor of the Times

One of the biggest challenges facing newspapers is identifying a viable business model, responding to a trend of declining traditional readership. And while the internet has emerged as an obvious alternative, it has been shown that it has the capacity to fragment audiences, as users no longer rely on one site exclusively as their source of news. The importance of this debate also has resonance in Cyprus, with an increasing number of newspapers upgrading their online service.

The Times of London has announced that, since its ‘paywall’ went up four months ago, it has secured 105.000 sales from people who had paid to access either the Times and Sunday Times websites and/or its iPad and Kindle applications. For a discussion on the topic, you can hear the Editor the Times John Harding speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme here.

Peace and Conflict in the Media

In an article on the Guardian website, Roy Greenslade toils with the question of whether journalism dealing with conflict can actually promote peace. Prompted by the findings of a report – ‘Measuring Peace in the Media‘ – he notes that while ‘there appears to be a growing band of people, including some experienced reporters, who think journalism has a responsibility to give peace a helping hand … in practical terms there is clearly a long way to go’.

The report, produced by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and Media Tenor, ‘which analysed the output of 37 TV news and current affairs programmes from 23 networks in 15 countries, found that what it calls “positive-peace stories” made up just 1.6% of the total’.

Both the findings of the report, and the thoughts of Roy Greenslade, are of particular interest to the Collaborative Media Initiative, a one-year project implemented under the auspices of CCMC, which aims to facilitate an improvement in relationships through dialogue, and increase opportunities for media stakeholders from the two communities in Cyprus to collaborate. For a local perspective on the media and the Cyprus Question, please visit the recent submissions of Marios Demetriou (in Greek) and Hasan Hasturer (Turkish).

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