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5 July 2007

The Other Cyprus......

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859.

Stifling an opinion - And this what the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) from the South Cyprus, a member of the European Union plans to do after finding out about an article published in a British women’s magazine Chat.

A holiday review about the North Cyprus referring to the “virgin beaches” and an ideal destination for summer holidays is causing this behaviour. The article is titled “The Other Cyprus” and calls Kyrenia the capital of “North Cyprus”. The article calls the north as the ideal destination for summer holidays and in comparison with the south’s bustling nightlife and concrete jungle. The magazine also directs readers to a website for booking a holiday in the north.

So, where is the concept, “freedom of press”, lost in the dictionary of CTO! Are publications not allowed to review a destination and publish an article! The so called champions of human rights are faltering just because they cannot stand being compared to the north! I guess it is unbearable for the so called free country to digest free press!

There are so many questions unanswered and contradictory stand the south takes when it comes to sitautions dealing with the north. I do hope the European Union takes notice of this discriminating position taken by one of its member.

CTO will be wasting its precious time by investigating whether they can take action against the magazine. And it would also help the magazine to concentrate more on productive work for its customers rather than running around courts. Who knows the magazine might even review the south much better in the near future and we can all go live there!!! I am insane....

I am very happy living in north, thank you very much. Who would leave an untouched paradise anyway! Must be insane to leave when so many expats decide to lock, stock & barrel to north these days. Hope the South will not investigate and take action, hahaha

Take care and speak soon...


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