In order to publish a local or foreign newspaper/magazine in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register to the Press and Information Office and obtain a certificate of registration and a permit for the publication in accordance to the Press Law.
For the purpose of the law, the term "newspaper" means every publication that aims at informing the public and is published daily or regularly at no more than once a month. The term also includes magazines and any publication published regularly at least once every four months.
In cases the owner is a legal person, a member of the board of directors of the company must be appointed as responsible for the publication of the newspaper/magazine. The permit is not transferable to another person or company.
No specific eligibility requirements exist.
In order to obtain a certificate of registration and a permit for the publication in the Republic of Cyprus, a statement made prior to the publication of a newspaper must be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the:
Press and Information Office
1456 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel. +357 22801151
Fax. +357 22666123
The statement needs to be accompanied by the following documents:
The freedom of the press is enshrined in the Cyprus Republic’s constitution which stipulates: «Every person has the right to freedom of speech and expression in any form. This right includes freedom to hold opinions and receive and impart information and ideas without interference by any public authority and regardless of frontiers».
The proliferation of newspapers in Cyprus - both Cypriot and foreign - reflecting a wide range of opinions and ideologies, attests to the plurality of views prevailing in the country and the freedom they enjoy. Criticism of persons in office, public figures, state institutions and government policies, and the freedom to expose malpractices where these occur, are accepted as a healthy manifestation of democracy.
Cyprus Newspapers and Magazines Publishers' Association
(member of Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation)
1511 Nicosia Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22665102
Fax: +357 22669459
Union of Cyprus Journalists
RΙΚ Avenue 12, 2120 Aglantzia,
P.O.Box 23495, 1683 Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22446090
Fax: +357 22446095
Website: http: www.esk.org.cy