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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Christofias sues CyBC for calling him an ignoramus ]

Christofias sues CyBC for calling him an ignoramus

FORMER president Demetris Christofias is suing the state broadcaster claiming he had been called an ignoramus and a moron during a pre-presidential election interview with the current president.

Through the defamation suit, Christofias is asking for compensation between €100,000 and €500,000.

The papers, filed on April 17, name the state broadcaster CyBC and the head of its news department, Yiannakis Kareklas, as the alleged offenders.

The documents do not make any reference to the offending terms that prompted Christofias to sue but reports suggested it was because he had been called ignorant.

The person who first voiced the offending term during the show however was President Nicos Anastasiades.

During an interview with Kareklas on February 14, Anastasiades described Christofias and his government as “ignoramuses” for accepting a haircut on Greek debt that eventually led to the near-collapse of Cyprus’ banking system and its economy because of the large number of bonds held by Laiki and Bank of Cyprus.

It is understood that Kareklas then repeated the term, also adding the word moron, in the context of a hypothetical question.

Later in the show, Anastasiades withdrew he comment, saying it was an “unfortunate expression.”

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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