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Media Skills Trainings for Women

The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), a not-for-profit organisation that supports local organisations and community groups in communicating their message to the public, is holding a series of 2-day media skills trainings οn social media and mobile video production. The trainings are organised within the framework of the "Where are the Women?: Capturing the Gender Dividend in Cyprus for Peace and beyond" project, supported by the US Department of State. The project aims to get more women substantively involved and participating in the Cyprus peace building and reconciliation processes at the grass-roots level.


The trainings are organised in collaboration with the Management Centre of the Mediterranean and the Centre for Social and Economic Change, and will build synergies with existing initiatives – Women Advocates for Peace and Human Rights (WAP-HR) and Knit Art – with the aim of strengthening the work being done in the field of women’s empowerment in Cyprus. The trainings are open to women (over the age of 18) FREE of charge and are due to take place  in both Greek and Turkish at the following locations: Lysi/Akdoğan, Derynia, Agios Sergios/Yeniboğaziçi, Dali, Louroujina/Akıncılar, and Pentakomo.


An additional output of the media skills trainings will be the production of video diaries that will feature women speaking about their perspectives on their roles in society, perceptions of themselves, and document their efforts to instil positive gender equity values in their children and the wider community. The diaries will be an excellent opportunity to spread their messages and ideas that have been developed as a result of previous trainings.

Certificates of Participation will be given to all the participants.

For more information please contact Hazal Yolga or Giorgos Andriotis on +357-22-662269 or email or


CCMC supports project mapping media freedom violations in Europe

Within the framework of its activities supporting media freedom and media pluralism, the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) is supporting a project that is mapping violations of media freedom across the 28 EU countries and candidate countries.


The project, led by Index on Censorship based in London, United Kingdom, and the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso in Rovereto, Italy is centred around, a website that will collect and map crowd-sourced information from media professionals and citizen journalists across Europe about violations of media freedom.


“Index on Censorship believes that free expression is the foundation of a free society and this website will enable journalists to report incidences of violations as soon as they happen”, explained Melody Patry, Index on Censorship senior advocacy officer. “By mapping these reports online, the entire system will act as an advocacy, research and response tool, highlighting that violations on media freedom still occur in Europe”, added Patry.


CCMC will be involved in the project through the dissemination of information to media professionals and citizen journalists about the platform and how it can be used, with the ultimate aim of raising awareness about media freedom and how this remains an important issue in Cyprus.




Within the framework of the European Initiative for Media Pluralism (EIMP), CCMC and are launching a column dedicated to the issues of media pluralism and media freedom. The column, entitled "Δείγματα Γραφής... Πολυφωνίας και Δημοκρατίας" and published in Greek, will act as a hub for writers wishing to express their views on the crucial issues currently facing the media, and will act as a forum for dialogue on ways to improve its democratic functioning.
If you would like to contribute your views and opinions contact us at, with CCMC also accepting contributions in Turkish and English. Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #EIMP_CY.

INFOCORE project has launched

 The European Union has launched funding for international research and investigation on the role of media and PR in war and peace building. The European Union has launched € 2,5 Mio funding for a three year collaborative research project which investigates the role media play in war and other violent and hostile conflicts. The Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area the primary focus regions for detailed and complex case studies. Under the Seventh European Framework Program of the European Commission, a team of eleven internationally renowned European and Israeli scientists from nine research institutions in seven countries began work on the project “INFOCORE – (IN)Forming Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution: The Role of Media in Violent Conflict” in January 2014. To assess the roles of media for shaping lay publics’ and political actors’ conflict perceptions and responses to ongoing conflicts, the international consortium analyzes the dynamics of conflict news content over time and identifies recurrent patterns of information diffusion. CCMC is looking forward to participating in this project as an Associate Stakeholder.

“In doing so,” says project coordinator Prof. Dr. Romy Fröhlich from the LMU Munich, “INFOCORE specifically assesses the different roles and functions that individual agendas and resources, professional norms, media organizations and systems, political systems, and characteristics of the particular conflict situations play in the cycle of conflict and peace building. Specifically, we focus on interactions between professional journalists (various media), political actors (including military), experts/NGOs (intelligence, peacekeeping, conflict prevention/resolution, media assistance), and lay publics (individuals, groups, economic actors). And since INFOCORE aims to contributing to the EC’s efforts to enable and strengthen the participation of women in peace and security matters, a gender-sensitive perspective is implemented throughout the project.” All findings and selected data will be publicly available (in due consideration of the effective data protection regulations).

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Focus Groups on perceptions of the Cypriot Media

This week CCMC is running the final Focus Groups as part of the Migration in the Media (MIDIA) project, led by the Cyprus University of Technology and funded by the Solidarity Funds mechanism of the Republic of Cyprus. The aim of the project is to study the approaches of the Mass Media in Europe to issues related to Third Country Nationals (TCNs) and immigration, with CCMC focusing specifically on the perceptions and needs of TCNs with regards to their coverage in the Media.

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