Cyprus Mail

Transparency International to set up anti-graft hotline

By Marie Kambas

THE CYPRUS branch of Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the fight against corruption, will launch an anti-corruption hotline on October 2.

The hotline will advise people and companies on how to proceed in cases where they face corruption, the NGO’s executive director said.

The anti-graft hotline, named ‘I Demand Transparency’, which will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. will allow users to report cases of corruption and receive assistance and guidance on what action to take, Nicolaos Nikolaides told reporters in Nicosia yesterday.

“The hotline will receive reports, will inform and support users and will also investigate allegations,” Nikolaides said, adding that as corruption in Cyprus worsens year after year, the country slips further down the world’s corruption ranking.

Nikolaides said that a survey carried out by the group in August and September, showed that 74 per cent of the 450 people interviewed would be prepared to file complaints when facing corruption. A total of 57 per cent of the interviewees said they have experienced corruption in their life while 48 per cent said they consider the Church of Cyprus corrupt.

“We are declaring a revolution, we ask people to take part,” Nikolaides said.

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