Monthly Archives: February 2011

Structured Democratic Dialogue co-lab 10, 11, 12 March

The Mediterranean Development Network is inviting participation in a SDDP co-lab  for NGOs and Local Authorities on the 10, 11 and 12 March 2011. The Structured Democratic Dialogue co-lab is part of a cycle of trainings and other activities organised within the framework of the international project “Mediterranean Development Network”, MeDevNet in short. The project “Capacity and Synergy building among NGDOs and LAs in Greece, Cyprus and Malta for development” is implemented in the target countries Greece, Cyprus and Malta and the project is funded by the European Commission. The overall objective of the project is to enhance cooperation of NGDO platforms and LAs in the three countries, Greece, Cyprus and Malta in order to become efficient agents of development and to participate in the planning of and the debate over EU development policy.

The co-lab wiill take place at Strovolos Municipal Hall in Nicosia at the conference area on the Mezzanine Floor on the following dates:

10th of March 2011. 12:00 – 18:00
11th of March 2011. 09:00 – 17:00
12th of March 2011. 09:00 – 13:00

The Triggering Question for the Structured Democratic Dialogue will be: “What obstacles prevent cooperation between Civil Society & Local Authorities in Cyprus towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?”

The co-lab will be facilitated by Dr. Yiannis Laouris of Future Worlds Center.

For more details concerning the project please go to or

‘What’s the story?’ CCMC Podcast 4


Listen and download the fourth CCMC podcast ‘What’s the Story?’ In the fourth edition of ‘What’s the Story?’, CCMC’s podcast, we hear from Orestis Tringides of CCMC member IKME, who are participating in a Right of Access to Information project in Cyprus. He will be talking about his work on advocating for citizen’s rights to information from public authorities. Download or listen here.

Unique training opportunities with the Thomson Foundation

  tflogoThe Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) is proud to announce its partnership with the Thomson Foundation in providing a four-day Media Literacy training course for civil society in March 2011 and a five day multimedia and Online Journalism course for journalists in March 2011.

Media Literacy course FOR CIVIL SOCIETY 13-16 March 2011

CCMC is inviting applications from civil society to attend this four day intensive course, run by a Thomson Foundation trainer and taking place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre in Nicosia. The course is designed to engage civil society organisations with the basic principles of advocacy, through the use of the Internet, face-to-face briefings and campaign planning and to provide civil society organisations with a strong foundation on which to campaign and engage with local media, across the island.

This specialised training is being offered to civil society with support from UNDP-Action for Cooperation and Trust, and is free of charge to successful applicants. Click here for an application form for the Media Literacy for Civil Society course.



Multimedia and Online Journalism course FOR JOURNALISTS 17-21 March 2011

CCMC is inviting applications from journalists to attend this five day intensive course, run by a Thomson Foundation trainer and taking place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre in Nicosia. Want to improve your multimedia skills, deepen your career prospects and learn how to keep pace with the fast changing world of online media? The course will provide journalists with a unique professional development opportunity, covering subjects such as digital photography, audio production and editing, creating audio slideshows, recording video interviews and the possibilities of multimedia online. This specialised training is being led by Dan Mason, former editor of award-winning daily newspapers. We have 15 free spaces so click here for an application form for the Online Journalism course and return to davidq @
No previous online skills are required but proficiency in English is a must.


TONIGHT: CCMC/SIM TV show launches at 9pm

Please watch SIM TV channel tonight, 25 February 2011 at 9pm for the first CCMC/SIM TV co-production show ‘Encounters’. Guests on tonight’s show are Zehra Sonya and Ozgul Ezgin from CCMC member the European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA). The show will be on every Friday night, featuring different guests from CCMC members. The show began as an initiative of the Encounters project led by Ozker Ozgur Peace and Democracy Foundation (BADEV) and funded by the ENGAGE Small Grants Programme.

Invitation to Closing Ceremony of ICFFCY 26 Feb

CCMC member the International Children’s Film Festival Cyprus would like to invite you to their Closing Ceremony on Saturday 26 February 2011 at 16:00 at the Pantheon Art Cinema in Nicosia. Screening of the films made during this year’s morning workshops, Cyprus Artefacts Treasure in Action Project and Youth Team will take place. Download your invitation here.

‘Keep it Until Peace Comes’ 26 Feb

Hands Across the Divide (HAD), a CCMC member, is holding an event on Saturday 26 February 2011 at the Ledra/Lokmacı Street crossing in Nicosia. The event, entitled ‘Keep it Until Peace Comes’ will invite women to share gifts with each other. Inspired by the story of Leyla Kıralp whose husband has been missing since 1974,and Greek Cypriot friend Maria gave her a handkerchief to wipe her tears and she has kept it ever since, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot women will share small gifts with each other with the message: Keep it until peace comes.

The gifts will be shared in a street activity in front of the Municipal Information Room for Peace Lokmadji/ Ledras on 26th of February from 11:00-13:00. Leyla Kıralp, whose birthday is on this day will be signing her book “Wet White Handkerchief” among other women writers.

HAD has asked for the gifts to have symbolic values, they may be hand-made or symbolising something special to the women giving it.Those who wish are invited to share the stories of their gifts. It is important that the gift is given with a small card or a note on a paper.

A song composed for the special event by Aysun Kahraman (lyrics by Neşe Yaşın) will be performed.

Journalists’ Briefing: Access to Information findings

CCMC members the Cyprus EU Association and IKME Sociopolitical Studies Institute together with Access Info Europe Europe invite journalists to attend a press briefing at the Cyprus community Media Centre (next to Ledra Palace, Nicosia), at 15:00 on Thursday 24 February 2011. More details in these flyers in English, Greek and Turkish.

At the briefing the organisations will be:

  • Releasing the results of monitoring of public authority websites as well as the answers to over 400 information requests filed with 20 public authorities in the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
  • Releasing the findings of an opinion survey on transparency
  • Presenting an analysis of the current legal framework for the right to information.
  • Launching a public consultation on the recommendations arising from the above research.

These research results and the recommendations are part of the bi-communal project “Access to Information in Cyprus” being run by Cyprus EU Association, IKME Socio-political Studies Institute and Access Info Europe in 2010 and 2011. The aim of the project is to work towards achieving full and functioning access to information law on both sides of the island which will increase public participation and accountability all over the island as well as communication between the two sides.

KAB is founded by a group of Civil Society volunteers in 2006 with the aim of ensuring that information flow among the Turkish Cypriots and the international community.

IKME was registered in 2002 in Cyprus as a Non Governmental Organisation aiming to contribute to the prevalence of freedom, democracy, socialism and the European values. Access Info Europe is an international human rights organization based in Madrid, which works to promote a strong and functioning Right of Access to Information in Europe and globally.

Representatives from news agencies, newspapers, broadcasters are very welcome to participate.

Mirroring State Narratives: Educational Forum on 1 March

CCMC member POST Research Institute, in cooperation with the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot Teachers’ Platform “United Cyprus” (Greek Cypriot Section) is implementing a project entitled “Tours for Peace”. As a part of this project, they are organising an Educational Forum on Tuesday 1 March 2011 at 15:30 to 18:00. The title of the forum is Mirroring State Narratives: Struggle Museums Across the Divide.

The venue is the Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) Conference Room and the common language of this forum will be in English. Please note that places are limited and priority will be given to teachers, in particular to history teachers, as well as those participants who attended the previous events organised under this project. Please register by Friday, 25th February 2011 until 16:00, providing your full name, contact details and occupation, as well as stating if you require translation.

This project is being funded by the UNDP-ACT/ USAID through the “ENGAGE” project, which is being executed by the NGO Support Centre and The Management Centre.

For registration and more information please contact:

Mine Kanol Tel: 05338611592, email:

Loizos Loukaidis Tel: 99578067, email:

Download the flyer in English, Greek or Turkish.

Roundtable Discussion for Businesspeople on 26 February 2011

Access Info EuropeIKME (Sociopolitical Studies Institute) and KAB (Cyprus EU Association), invite the Business Community of Cyprus to attend a:
Round Table DiscussionThe Right of Access to Information held by Public Authorities Discussion, Results and Recommendations
at Chateau Status, at 15:00 on Saturday, 26 February 2011

The organisers are interested in hearing your views on access to information held by public authorities and in what kind of information you need for your businesses, to ensure a fair public market-place and to participate in the government decision-making that affects your business operations. The event will be held in English.
For more information regarding the “Access to Information in Cyprus” project, please visit .
RSVP, stating the company you represent / work:
Orestis Tringides (IKME), orestis @ , (+357) 99518776
Deniz Pasha (KAB)fdpasha @ , +905428647282
RSVP: Priority will be given for attendance.

Jumpstart the Peace: Closing Event 15 February 2011

Jumpstart the Peace is holding a Closing Event on 15 February 2011, featuring live electronic music from Babamat, at 20:30hrs, Chateau Status, Nicosia (opposite Ledra Palace). View full details on the flyer here.

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