Cyprus Mail

Police return ‘lewd’ exhibition photos

A TOTAL of 36 photographs picturing naked men, that were part of an Accept-LGBT art exhibition, were returned to their owner on Monday.

In November police tore down a photo exhibition by activist artist Paola Reventioti – titled “Corrections” – and seized a number of photos picturing naked men. Police were acting on a complaint lodged by two citizens who had accidently seen the photos at the municipal market though they were supposed to be covered during the day. They complained they found the photos offensive.

Acting on an outdated law of 1963 – that prohibits public exhibition of lewd content – the police brought the head of Accept-LGBT Cyprus Costas Gavrielides in for questioning, as the exhibition was organised by the NGO.

After examining the case, Attorney General Costas Clerides ruled that there was no case to be made against Gavrielides or the NGO and ordered for all charges to be dropped and any evidence held to be handed over back to the NGO.

The police were also slammed by ombudsperson Eliza Savvidou, who called the law on lewd content “archaic” and an “assault on artistic expression”.

The NGO notes that although it didn’t receive an official apology on behalf of the police, “the organisation hopes that the event will force the state to revise the laws regarding such incidents and that it will take appropriate measure on a legal level.”

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