Editorial board ensures newspaper’s independence
The new editorial board of the Cyprus Mail held its first meeting last weekend, under the chairmanship of former minister of foreign affairs Ioannis Kasoulides.
The editorial board is an innovative idea for Cyprus, making the Cyprus Mail the first news organisation that will be under the authority of a diverse group of respected individuals of different backgrounds, from Cyprus and abroad. It will ensure the independence of the title, which is considered of great importance by the new ownership.
Among the responsibilities of the editorial board will be to determine the general policy of the Cyprus Mail as well as to ensure that its core values of objectivity, independence and freedom of expression are maintained and safeguarded.
During last weekend’s meeting, apart from getting to know each other, board members discussed the objectives the paper should set itself as well as its values and mission as a news organisation.
The members of the Cyprus Mail editorial board are:
Ioannis Kasoulides (chairman) was minister of foreign affairs in the Glafcos Clerides and Nicos Anastasiades governments. He also served as member of the Cyprus House of Represenatives and Member of the European Parliament.
Roelf Meyer is Director in Transformation Initiative. He was the chief negotiator of the South African government in the negotiations to end apartheid, held several ministerial posts in FW De klerk’s government and served as Minister of Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs in President Nelson Mandela’s national unity government.
Giorgos Nicolaou is a retired Judge of European Court of Human Rights and of the Cyprus Supreme Court. Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, at The Hague.
Elie Hatem is a Barrister-at-Law at the International Criminal Court at The Hague and at the Paris Bar Association. He is also Professor of International relations and Law and a former advisor of the late Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a former UN Secretary-General.
Tasos Telloglu is an award-winning journalist based in Greece and author of four books. He has worked as a foreign correspondent both for newspapers and for television, and currently works for Star TV. In the 2007-08 period, while working for Skai TV he was awarded with the Best Journalistic Reportage prize for his work on the Siemens scandal.
Kyriacos Iacovides is the managing editor of the Cyprus Mail, which he had been in charge of since 1988. He writes a weekly column and is the paper’s main Op/Ed writer.