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Campaign Actions

28 June 2008
Offensive advertising – write to the Advertising Standards Authority
Take action against offensive and misleading advertising that promotes the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus as "unspoilt."

How to take action

1. Write to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) using the sample letter below as a basis for writing your own.

2. Download, print and send letter to ASA »

3. Use the ASA online complaints form »

4. Contact Lobby for Cyprus admin@lobbyforcyprus.org to recieve a printed postcard (as shown above) – just fill in the details on reverse side of postcard and post to the ASA.

Sample letter

[Your name and address]

Advertising Standards Authority

Mid City Place

71 High Holborn




Dear sir/madam

I am writing to complain about advertisements on the London Underground that promote holidays in the northern part of Cyprus which is currently under illegal Turkish military occupation.

I am deeply offended by the advertisements which claim that the occupied area is ‘unspoilt’ – this is not the case.

Following the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous 200,000 Greek Cypriots, concerted efforts have been made to destroy the rich Greek, Christian and European cultural heritage of the occupied area.

To say the occupied north is ‘unspoilt’ is completely untrue. More than 530 churches and monasteries have been pillaged, vandalised, or destroyed. Churches, chapels and monasteries have been converted to military storage facilities, stables and night-clubs, churches have been converted to mosques, used as military facilities, stockyards or hay barns. All the Greek names of towns and villages have been renamed in Turkish to erase any trace of the history and culture of the island. It not for nothing that this is often described as a ‘cultural genocide’ in occupied Cyprus.

Thousands of Greek Cypriots in London, many of them exiled victims see these adverts on a daily basis and like myself are distressed and deeply offended by the false information they include.

I look forward to hearing from you on this upsetting matter.

Yours sincerely

[Your signature and name here]