The leading media and publishing group in Cyprus Phileleftheros PUBLICATIONS Since its establishment in Phileleftheros Media Group has been the leading media and publishing organisation in Cyprus offering print publications and related services covering all the needs of the reading public while also serving the business community and society in general. A series of co-operation agreements with media groups in Greece and abroad has made Phileleftheros the publishing group with the most important strategic partners, ensuring positive results for the reading public and business world of Cyprus. Responding to the challenges facing the mass media in the digital age, Phileleftheros has also established itself as the undisputed leader in the electronic and internet media with twelve web pages, philenews. Also published are books and albums with fascinating old photographs of Cyprus. Also distributed by the group are recipe books written by the best Cypriot chefs, highlighting their talent and imagination. As the biggest publishing firm in Cyprus, Phileleftheros is also active in the production of publications for large clients and companies in Cyprus.

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Its roots go further back than December , when the very first issue was first published. Pattichis, had made several attempts to launch a daily newspaper, beginning in when he was just 24 years old and having just completed his studies. The first newspaper The first newspaper published by Nicos Chr. Pattichis along with other associates, Imerisia Nea was pioneering for its time.

Nicos Chr. While in Athens, he worked as a journalist gaining valuable experience. He was initiated into the democratic principles of the Press, namely transparency, pluralism and independence from political, state or other interference. Coming back, he took full advantage of his experience and knowledge so as to become the first publisher of a viable daily newspaper in Cyprus.

The first eight-page issue — all later issues were four pages — proclaimed the principles upon which Imerisia Nea was based, while various other columns were featured in the paper, such as vignettes, verse, columns of social and commercial interest, police news, photojournalism, political analysis and features.

Even though two weeks after it was first published the paper announced on its front page that it was the top circulation newspaper, the whole attempt came to an inglorious conclusion because of financial disagreements between the manager and the editor. In the same year, , Nicos Chr. Pattichis launched Kathimerina Fylla, publication of which was soon suspended.

The next year he started publishing Imerisios Tilegrafos Daily Telegraph, , which lasted only six months. Fourteen years later, Erasmos Aristophanous took over the newspaper changing its name to Nea Esperini New Evening Paper as from Monday, June 4, , when Aristophanous is henceforth mentioned on the title page as the manager-owner. The last paper published under Nicos Chr. Founder of Phileleftheros Nicos Chr. Pattichis After leaving Esperini, Nicos Chr. Pattichis kept himself busy with other activities.

One of these was organising the first Trade Fair in , which later developed into the Cyprus International Fair. But this was just a breathing space, before returning to the world of publishing to realise his vision of publishing a modern daily newspaper. Inception As he had originally intended, Nicos Chr.

Pattichis returned in to pursue his dream of a modern daily newspaper. This time around and relying on the experience he had acquired, Nicos Chr. Pattichis paid more attention to the finance section of this new publishing endeavour. He assigned the editing of financial news to Michalakis Hadjiefthymiou.

This combination of Nicos Chr. Pattichis — who was mainly a journalist — and Michalakis Hadjiefthymiou — who had expertise in economics — would prove one of the factors that contributed to the success of the newspaper. Pattichis assigned editing of the paper to Fifis Ioannou who had been General Secretary of Akel during a crucial period for Cyprus.

This equipment, which was latest technology for the times, meant the printing process took much less time. The new newspaper had therefore an advantage over any other newspaper, since its pages could remain open until the early hours for breaking news.

After all the arrangements had been made, everything was ready for the first issue of Phileleftheros. Pattichis chose to work on Saint Nicholas day — his name day — for good luck, so the first issue came out on December 7, It was impressive: 12 pages with features that satisfied a range of interests; from news in politics to problems facing emigrants, from useful information to political satire and literary pieces.

The columnist criticised British politics with regard to Cyprus. The news, according to the title, was that an agreement had been achieved between Greece and Britain over Cyprus. The news was indeed significant, as political developments that followed would eventually lead to the Zurich-London Agreements. At the same time, it blamed British Colonialism for the combat taking place in Cyprus.

Restrictive measures imposed by the colonial regime upon the Press affected Phileleftheros as well. During , opinion columns in the newspaper were, for a very long period of time, banned. Pattichis then approached Christakis Katsambas, who was destined to become a key member of the newspaper, as a political editor, as a shift editor and later as chief editor of Phileleftheros for three decades.

According to Christakis Katsambas, Nicos Chr. Pattichis would not interfere in the running of the newspaper, but would give general guidelines. Besides Christakis Katsambas other journalists were hired in that period around , including Diomedes Galanos and Christos Petsas.

Advocacy Journalism Once Cyprus became independent, Phileleftheros newspaper felt duty bound to take a political stance to bolster the newly established state. After the rise of the junta in Greece, on April 21 , Phileleftheros again showed its opposition. Also working at the newspaper was Christoforos Pattichis, whose tasks varied, while the paper also employed correspondents in other towns.

A few years later, in , Anthos Lykavgis started working at Phileleftheros as a journalist; he was to become one of the leading editors there. The coupistss banned the circulation of any newspapers supporting Makarios and censored the press. Turkey, taking advantage of the coup, invaded Cyprus on July 20, , causing chaos and destruction. Under the difficult circumstances, Phileleftheros was only able to return to circulation on August 2 , but with little of its customary comprehensive content.

The paper had not had the chance to get back on track when yet another misfortune befell Cyprus and the newspaper itself, with the second round of the Turkish invasion, leading to the military occupation of a great part of the island and the creation of , refugees.

Publication of Phileleftheros was again suspended between August 15 and 21, In the days that followed, Phileleftheros made great efforts for the restoration of democracy and the return of President Makarios. Development In the s, the baton passed to the second generation of publishers headed by Christoforos N. A massive fire, which gutted the offices and printing facilities of Phileleftheros was to prove a launching pad for a significant upgrade.

The newspaper left behind it the traditional era of linotype and moved into the modern printing age, photosetting. There were significant changes too to the way journalistic work was carried out. Advocacy journalism gave way to detached reporting, since the democratic institutions were not in danger of being undermined, as in previous years. After the tragic events of , the coup and the Turkish invasion, the newspapers which had spearheaded efforts to oust Makarios and which in any case relied on foreign centres and the Junta-run Greek embassy and others for money — suspended publication.

Other newspapers, most of them with democratic orientation were published or revived, to support new political movements. In the elections of Phileleftheros openly supported the pro-Makarios coalition. This was the second time that Phileleftheros had taken a stand in an election of a political party nature the first was in the parliamentary elections of , when it supported the candidates of the pro-Makarios Patriotic Front.

In the subsequent elections after the death of Makarios, Phileleftheros stayed away from party disputes and confrontations, and followed a policy of giving equal platform of pre-election positions and activities, based on its own code of conduct. With the contribution of Phileleftheros, the political bequest of Makarios would remain intact.

However, the democratic institutions and the political system were operating on a new basis, through a juxtaposition of interests, ideas, political aspirations and personal ambitions and not on the decisions of Makarios. After the death of the founder of Phileleftheros Nicos Chr. Pattichis on Feburary 16, , his son-in-law Lellos Th. Markides and Michalakis Hadjiefthymiou took over the running of the newspaper.

The newspaper was already in a transitional phase, with the change of the guard from the first generation of publishers. Lellos Markides owned a flourishing pharmaceutical company and was asked to help fill the gap after the death of Nicos Chr.

His tenure was to prove relatively short-lived, as he died on July 21, aged only A little earlier, in , the son of the founder of the newspaper, Christoforos N. Pattichis took over the management of the newspaper. His term was to mark the Phileleftheros of the second generation, since M. Hadjiefthymiou died in These were situated in the premises of the old State Fair, where the gardens of the Kykkos annex in Nicosia are to be found today. It was Sunday, February 15 when the terrible news became known.

Despite the complete destruction, the management and staff of Phileleftheros rallied to achieve the unattainable. Phileleftheros was distributed as normal two days after since there was no Monday issue. The regeneration from the ashes was a miracle. Phileleftheros did not restrict itself to repairing the damage caused, but pressed ahead with a full-fledged technological, structural and quality upgrade, new high tech machinery was imported, and the newspaper jumped from the era of Gutenberg to that of photosetting.

The first issue of the newspaper with photosetting and offset printing was published on January 26, This too was a revolution for the newspaper, a revolution which marked the transition from the traditional to the modern era.

Another decisive development for the Cypriot press was the launch on June 7, of Phileleftheros on Monday. Many newspapers were obliged to skirt over Sunday news, because they did not have a Monday issue. From the beginning of the managing director of Phileleftheros Christoforos N. Pattichis pioneered with the establishment of an independent unit for the distribution of the Cypriot press, Papyros Ltd, which aimed to facilitate and cut the cost of distributing newspapers.

Christoforos N. Pattichis and his associates set in motion the upgrading of the newspaper at various levels, in parallel to the technological equipment. New reporters, new associates, new columns, a more modern style of writing and a new approach to issues were the basic innovations. Phileleftheros opened offices in Limassol. Many associates, columnists and commentators came aboard, making a huge contribution to establishing Phileleftheros as a newspaper rich in content and a free forum for the expression of opinion.

All these journalistic traditions and principles were maintained and developed by the third generation of publishers of Phileleftheros which turned the newspaper into a large media group.

Into the new era With the third generation of publishers of Phileleftheros — Nicos Chr. Pattichis and Myrto Markides — at the helm, the group rose to fresh heights, offering even better quality, while at the same time expanding its activities.

A rapidly-changing social environment at the beginning of the s brought new challenges to Cypriot print media. The main lever for growth was the effort to harmonise with modern European societies. Phileleftheros was ready to rise to the challenge with the third generation of publishers, the grandchildren of the founder of the newspaper.

From , with the support of his father Christoforos N Pattichis, who was chairman of the board and managing director of the newspaper and with the approval of the board, Nicos Chr.


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