The Cyprus News Agency
The Cyprus News Agency was officially established on February 16, 1976 at the initiative of the then Director General of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) Andreas Christofides, who saw the need for a national news agency for Cyprus.
Previously, a private news service under the same name had been set up by Miltiades Christodoulou, in 1957. On his appointment as Director of the government Press and Information Office (PIO), he was replaced by journalist Christakis Katsambas. The operation closed down in 1967.
In 1976, Andreas Christofides assigned Andreas Hadjipapas, a journalist working for CyBC, to dispatch a daily news bulletin in English to Reuters and the Non-Aligned News Agencies Pool.
In 1984, CNA expanded its activities, hired journalists and other staff and secured translation and distribution of its dispatches in other languages other than English.
In 1989, the Cyprus House of Representatives approved legislation providing for the operation of the Cyprus News Agency as a “semi-government” news organization with full editorial independence.
Under the Act, the CNA is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors comprising established media professionals. The Board includes representatives of the Cyprus Journalists’ Union, the Cyprus Newspaper and Magazine Publishers Association, CyBC and the PIO.
In 1996, an important year in the development of CNA, news in Greek was introduced, to meet the needs of the local news media which were proliferating, especially in the electronic field and the CNA website was launched.
A landmark in CNA’s history is the signing in 1996 of a cooperation agreement with the Athens News Agency (ANA), which provided CNA its first computerized editing system.
In 2002, the CNA introduced news in Turkish, a press release service and its own photo service offering local coverage of news events.
In 2004, it introduced a special service to inform interested government services, private organizations and local administrations about programs and other activities of the European Union.
In 2005, it launched, in cooperation with the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA), a news service (WAP) watched through mobile telephones.
The CNA is a member of the World Congress of News Agencies (WCNA), the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), the European Alliance of Press Agencies (EAPA) and the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU).
It currently has commercial agreements with Reuters, AFP, and ITAR-TASS, as well as cooperation agreements with ANA (Greece), SANA (Syria), XINHUA (China), ANSA (Italy), IRNA (Iran), APS (Algeria), ATA (Albania), AGERPRES (Romania), PRENSA LATINA (Cuba), KYODO (Japan), TANJUG (Serbia), UKRINFORM (Ukraine), EFE (Spain), BTA (Bulgaria), YONHAP (South Korea).
The CNA maintains a network of correspondents away from its headquarters in the capital Nicosia who cover events in the part of Cyprus controlled by the government of the Republic as well as in the areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkish troops. It also has correspondents in Athens, Brussels, London, New York, Washington, Strasbourg, Moscow and Istanbul.
CNA: P.O. Box 23947, 1687 Nicosia, News Department: Tel: 22556000, Fax: 22556100, Website: http://www.cna.org.cy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Address: Tel: 22556009, Fax: 22556103, Board Chairman: Larkos Larkou, Deputy Director / Chief Editor: George Penintaex.
International News Agencies
Cyprus is used by various international mass media as a regional hub for covering news stories on Cyprus and the wider region.
Several factors contribute to this fact, namely, Cyprus’ significant geographical position, the existing conditions of safety, good climate, cultural level and Cyprus hospitality. The high level of offered services, especially in telecommunications, and the existence of skilled local staff, also play a decisive role.
Renowned international news agencies that have offices in Cyprus are the following: Agence France Presse (AFP), the Athens News Agency (ANA), the Associated Press (AP), Reuters, Bloomberg, the Italian News Agency (ANSA), the Spanish news agency EFE, the Chinese news agency XINHUA, the Russian news agency ITAR TASS and more. Residing in Cyprus are also correspondents of international TV and radio networks, such as the Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and others, as well prominent foreign newspapers and magazines, such as The Times, The Irish Times, Aftonbladet, Turun Sanomat, Komsomolskaya Pravda, The Economist Intelligence Unit and others.