23 Jan 2019 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 n° 76/2018 Cyprus
Death Threat Against Journalist Costas Constantinou
On 20 July 2018, journalist Costas Constantinou has received a death threat on Facebook under his opinion post, marking the day of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The journalist also broadcast his criticism of what was done in the aftermath of the Turkish Invasion through a radio discussion programme, identifying those who he said had benefited from it. His post was shared with a Facebook group "Dimokratiki Paremvasi" (Democratic Intervention), which has over 20 000 members. One of the comments posted in response said "someone should put a bullet through his head to end this. A Turk in every sense of the word". Costas Constantinou has regularly aired his views on political and social issues in Cyprus in his column and radio programmes in media owned by the Politis group, which is regarded as controversial in some circles. The journalist has also received anonymous threats and derogatory comments about his work in the past. The case was reported to the Chief of Police of Cyprus.
02 Aug 2018
On 29 July 2018, the Politis group filed a complaint against contract soldier Charalambos Zinonos, who had threatened to burn them alive in a social media post, following an article dealing with the murder of Turkish Cypriots in Pyla in 1964. “Police took statements regarding both cases of internet threats, and they made it clear that they will charge the culprits, regardless of any other factor,” Constantinou said. He added that the authorities seemed determined to tackle such issues of online harassment.
23 Jan 2019
Reply of the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus