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Media Watch 2006

15 August 2006
Source: Xinhua
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Comment: The following is a report from the Xinhua news agency of 15 August 2006
Cyprus government accuses Turkish Cypriot side of arresting news men
"The Cyprus government on Monday accused Turkish Cypriot authorities of illegally arresting earlier in the day two representatives of the Cypriot press who went to the occupied town of Famagusta to cover a story on the abduction of a Greek Cypriot man by four Turks".

"The Cyprus government on Monday accused Turkish Cypriot authorities of illegally arresting earlier in the day two representatives of the Cypriot press who went to the occupied town of Famagusta to cover a story on the abduction of a Greek Cypriot man by four Turks.

Journalist Sotiris Papadopoulos and cameraman Tasos Demetriades of Cypriot Antenna TV channel went Monday morning to Famagusta to cover the story of 45-year-old Nicos Michael who was abducted by four Turkish men while he was swimming in the government- controlled areas.

Michael appeared Friday before a court in northern Cyprus which ordered that he remain in detention until the case begins on Aug. 16. Government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes denounced the arrest of the representatives as well as the abduction of Michael.

Meanwhile, the Union of Cyprus Journalists condemned the incident as "a new abusive illegality and arbitrariness of the occupation regime." Cyprus has been divided along the ethnic line since 1974 when Turkey militarily intervened and occupied the north of Cyprus following a coup by a group of Greek officers."