The Archive Development Section has the responsibility of modernizing, utilizing and making available to the public, the Newspaper, Photographic and Press Releases Archives of the Press and Information Office.
The Press and Information Office maintains a digitized press archive, which is accessible to the public both at the Nicosia Research Center, at the PIO premises, and the Research Centers in Limassol, Larnaka and Ayia Napa. Another Research Center in Pafos will be up and running very soon so that all citizens of the Republic of Cyprus will be able to easily access the Newspaper Archive.
The digitized Newspaper Archive is equipped with the latest software word search engine programme in Greek (demotic, katharevousa and archaic).
The digitized archive material dates back to 1878 and spans more than a century. Moreover, the available digitized pages add up to around one million, thus enabling the visitor to delve into an astonishingly rich archive. There is also a list available with all the digitized newspapers, as well as the specific time period during which each newspaper was circulating.
In order for the Newspaper Archive to become a modern, fully accessible and state-of-the-art Cyprus Press Archive, the PIO has managed to secure funding from EU funds in order to digitize, quickly and in the most proficient way possible, even more newspapers included in the Archive. The submission, jointly with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, of an application to the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020, has resulted in the approval of the project entitled "Digital Herodotus ΙΙ" with a total budget of € 1,208,000.00 and a 28-month duration. During the implementation of the project, studies will be carried out regarding the maintenance of newspapers and the space in which they are kept, as well as the electronic search engine for searching clippings, with the aim of improving the way the public (students, researchers, journalists) can access the digital collection of the Newspaper Archive. Most of the funding will be utilized to digitize the main newspaper titles included in the PIO Archive and which are currently not available in a digital form.
Since September 2016, after a decision of the Council of Ministers, access by the public to the Newspaper Archive is free of charge.
Press and Information Office / Newspaper Archive: tel. 22801228, email: email@example.com
Limassol Research Center: tel. 25763755, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larnaka Research Center: tel. 24620994, email: email@example.com
Ayia Napa Research Center: tel. 23816366, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the ways in which the public is being informed about the government’s work is through the issuing of press releases.
The press releases reflect the official government policy, as they consist of statements by the President of the Republic, Ministers and high-ranking government officials, as well as all government activities.
The PIO press releases archive, which dates back to 1962, constitutes a significant source of information, particularly for researchers, students and journalists.
Through the use of a pioneering digitization programme, the PIO has digitized its press releases archive, which is now accessible to the public on the website www.piopressreleases.com.cy.