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Cyprus Media Complaints Commission decides Time Out magazine violated Journalists Code of Ethics

[Nicosia, 25 July 2012] On 07 May 2012 civil society organisations, including EWL members in Cyprus, issued a press release condemning the May 2012 issue of the magazine TIME OUT for the advertising of cabarets and escort agencies. The press release was also filed as a public complaint with the Cyprus Media Complaint Commission (CMCC). Specifically the organisations stated that the May issue promotes and normalises, both in content and in style, the sex industry in Cyprus including prostitution and acts associated with a host of criminal offences such as trafficking in human beings and the sexual exploitation of women.

Following careful examination of the complaint, the CMCC adopted the position of the complainants. In its opinion, the Commission states that, despite TIME OUT magazine’s claim that their intention was “not to endorse illegal and coercive activities of any kind”, in practice “the magazine was an advertisement for establishments where it is generally widely known that trafficking in women takes place”. The Commission decided that the May issue of Time Out magazine is in violation of the provisions of the Journalists Code of Ethics that obligates media and their representative to respect and “to promote… universal values…human rights and fundamental freedoms for all”.

Furthermore, the Commission decided that the references to the national origin of women working in cabarets also constitutes a violation of the provision of the Code of Ethics for the prevention of discrimination on the grounds of, inter alia, a person’s ethnic origin and gender.

The organisations that filed the complaint wish to express their gratitude towards the CMCC and their full satisfaction with its response. They also stress the significant role of the media in informing and raising awareness among the public on trafficking in women and sexual exploitation. In its efforts to show a liberal spirit on issues related to sex and sexual behaviour, the TIME OUT ‘Sex Issue’ perpetuates the sexual oppression rather than the sexual freedom of women.

The media have an obligation to act responsibly and reflect on the consequences of any publication.

Based on the above, we call on both TIME OUT magazine and DIAS group to encourage initiatives, in cooperation with civil society organisations, aimed at revealing the true picture in relation to women’s rights in Cyprus.

The decision of the CMCC can be found here in Greek.

The organizations that signed the press release and complaint to the CMCC:

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