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Media Watch 2005

16 March 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
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Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 19 March 2005.
Ken Livingstone bars ‘TRNC’ ads in London
"The decision was taken on the basis that the advertisements could cause offence to a large segment of the population. There are around 200,000 Greek Cypriots living in London."

MAYOR of London Ken Livingstone has banned all tourism advertising of the ‘TRNC’ from the city’s buses, tube trains and other public places under his jurisdiction, reports said yesterday.

According to the reports from London, Livingstone has also been turning down requests from tourism representatives of the Turkish Cypriots and their advertising agency for a meeting to discuss revising the decision taken late last month.

The decision was taken on the basis that the advertisements could cause offence to a large segment of the population. There are around 200,000 Greek Cypriots living in London. The Turkish Cypriot advertisers were notified with an official letter from Livingstone’s office, saying the decision had not been taken lightly.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation yesterday declined to comment on whether the government had had a hand in lobbying for such a decision.

Turkish Cypriot official sources said they were looking into the development to ascertain the full facts."