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A sad day for Cyprus property…

Hundreds of cases of property fraud in Cyprus are swept under the carpet by well-connected developers or their smart-suited lawyers, while civil servants in the know throw their arms up in the air in despair.

Free SpeechFREEDOM of speech is taken for granted in Cyprus, with parts of the media often tolerating abusive remarks by politicians and government officials, while some editors and journalists commonly cross the thin line of libel, each time using the excuse of “public interest.”

However, when it comes to real cases of public interest, some media bosses and journalists occasionally bow to commercial interests or simply accept only one side’s view as a fact.

Such was the reporting a few weeks ago of the case of a single property owner duped by a crooked developer who was fed up of his arguments falling on deaf ears and decided to take the matter into his own hands – he and his family protested at the entrance of a high-profile property show in the U.K., causing the handful of Cypriot exhibitors to be embarrassed and labelling Cyprus as being “A Shame in the Sun”.

Local media hastily labelled the protestors as ‘rowdy’ and causing serious harm to the island’s lucrative property sector, but few actually cared to find out the real reason for the whole fuss.

Hundreds of cases of property fraud are swept under the carpet by well-connected developers or their smart-suited lawyers, while civil servants in the know throw their arms up in the air in despair. No wonder the Interior Minister is clueless when it comes to what is really happening in the property sector. Perhaps he should be less generous with incentives in the future as developers have been less than honest with him.

However, a sadder case was the news that the Cyprus Property Action Group has been ordered to shut down its website, because of allegedly libellous attacks against a leading developer in Paphos.

Furthermore, the owner of the Internet page is also being sued, while he has received threats of being placed on a black list and of being thrown in jail if he does not show up in court.

Is this Cyprus we are talking about or a dictatorial central African state where relatives, friends and money rule the day?

Surely, a public relations nightmare could have been turned around to resolve any case, as long as either side stuck to the basic rules of fairness, truth and goodwill? Unless, of course, some of these ingredients were not there. In which case, property developers could now face an even worse nightmare of harsher criticism and ruthless attacks on online communities and blogs.

Perhaps some property developers should at last consider adopting the rule “if it’s broke, fix it!”

A sad day for Cyprus property

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  • Pam McArdle says:

    Please keep us informed on the property crisis regarding Title Deeds.

    Thank you

  • Philip Burley says:

    Denis O’Hare and his CPAG and members should be given a medal for the tireless efforts he, and his associates have put in, on behalf of not only the British buyers, but the Cypriots too. For decades, property developers, in cahoots with their “recommended” lawyers, have been acting against the law.

    Now someone has had the courage to stand up to them and fight for the rights of the buyers, the developers have become frightened and nervous because they stand to lose the millions of Euros they have obtaining, and have threatened legal action, knowing that they system here is designed to protect them.

    Illegal activities and corruption is rife on this Island, and the property market is one of the biggest areas of such illegal activities and corruption. The lawyers for the most part are on the side of the developers, and the developers just ignore the laws as laid down by the Government and it’s various departments, in particular the Inland revenue and the Ministry of the Interior.

    All of us involved should stand together, and give whatever support we can to Denis and the CPAG, if we don’t, the crooks will get away with their illegal activities.

  • Jayone says:

    We must all show some solidarity here.

    Brave men died to give us Freedom of Speech and we cannot allow it to be stifled by something approaching a dictatorship.

  • graham cockroft says:

    The deception has gone on to long and hopefully todays peaceful demonstration will prove the point and let the devlopers know buyers have had enough.

    Its nothing short of mass organised deception and fraud.

  • Angela Wright says:

    I am pleased to see there are some honest journalists around.

    I saw some quisling English woman on Omega TV telling everyone that the Cyprus Property Action Group was backed by the north and it was a Turkish plot to damage the reputation of ******.

    Someone told me that Omega was owned by ******. I don’t know if that is true and she was forced to do it out of fear of loosing her job?

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