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Politis radio called to explain airing of Greek ‘Lolita-type’ song

The Cyprus Radiotelevision Authority (CRTA) has asked Politis radio station to provide explanations as regards airing a song which they said, promotes the participation of a minor in a sex act.

The enquiry concerns the Greek song ‘Svise ta fota’ (Turn off the lights), according to which, the singer appears to be addressing a minor.

Specifically the song, written by Greek composer Angelos Sfakianakis in 1988, narrates the desire of a man for an “untamed little girl” (atithasi mikri). In the song the man says he is hesitating to taste her “underage lip”, while in the song’s chorus he is asking her to turn off the lights and that he wants her “like crazy”.

In the song, the man is also admiring his object of desire’s “slender little body”.

The CRTA said it is investigating the case after it received anonymous complaints.

According to the letter sent to Politis, the song, which was aired on January 19 at around 7.30am, concerns the “promotion of the participation of a minor in an activity concerning a sex act,” in violation of relevant broadcasting laws.

The radio station, the letter said, did not make sure that the show refrained from including material which “may seriously harm the physical, spiritual or moral growth of minors,” again, in violation of a relevant legislation.

CRTA said they were awaiting the media organisation’s response.

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