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08-11-2019 17:11 | Read 144 times

Media rejects 'incentives'

UNIONS representing journalists and others working in the “traditional” media have told the government they no longer want to receive state “incentives” worth up to 20,000TL a month.

Media rejects 'incentives'

A joint statement issued by the Cyprus Turkish Journalists’ Union, Press Workers’ Union, other unions and the Traditional Media Committee on Monday accused the government of using the scheme to “discredit” newspapers by reducing the financial support to a form of “charity”.

The financial assistance scheme was launched in February 2017 by the then Prime Minister and former leader of the National Unity Party Hüseyin Özgürün as part of efforts help TRNC newspapers in the face of “unfair” competition with the Turkish press.

Grants – ranging from 5,000TL to 20,000TL a month – were available to North Cyprus-based newspapers employing at least five “yellow press card holder” journalists.

Since it was introduced only four media organisations –Kıbrıs Media Group, which owns Cyprus Today, Yenidüzen, Havadis and Kıbrıs Postası – have benefited from the scheme.

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