In times past the most favored, and often most practical way to communicate news and events was for someone to ride around the village shouting and hooting the horn of anything they had, be it a bike, a tractor or a car.
You may have noticed that even though communications have advanced significantly in Cyprus, the Cypriots still love the old tradition of driving through the villages blowing their horns frequently and very loudly! Some old habits die hard.
Nowadays, there is a 24/7 media and news infrastructure in place, which is produced to the public via multiple means, such as newspapers, radio, television, faxing, e-mail, or online Cyprus news websites.
If there is news of something that Cypriots want to let others know about, then usually the mobile phone is the quickest form of communication, which spreads the news like wildfire.
Of course, there is not just news about Cyprus that’s so readily available, but also International news from around the world. Radio and TV always include some international news that is relevant, as do newspapers, and International papers can also be bought daily, though often it will mean a delay of one day for publications due to transportation to the island.
Some of the newspapers offer glossy magazine supplements for free, while magazines offer gifts. There are also leaflets to get your business news out to the public.
However, the use of leaflet delivery has just come under scrutiny by government members, and there may be plans to scrap the practice or monitor it. Leaflets are regularly posted in bundles into mailboxes and often end up strewn onto the floor.
There are also regular leaflet distributors at busy traffic lights handing them into car windows, a practice that has been deemed unsafe on the hectic roads.
Of course, media isn’t limited to just news, but also music, movies, and celebrity gossip as well as many other topics. Whatever media related subject you are interested in you are likely to find it in Cyprus, in both Greek and English.