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Day of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority and the University Frederick< strong> 

The Cyprus Broadcasting Authority in collaboration with Frederick University organized on Wednesday March 29, 2023, a Conference on “Video Sharing Platforms” and “Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking”. Greetings were addressed by the Frederick University Chancellor Professor George Dimosthenousand the Chairman of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority, Mr. Rona Kasapi.

In his greeting, the Rector of Frederick University stated that the topic of the conference is extremely timely since explores the contexts and limits (legal and otherwise) of Video Sharing Platforms and their impact on violence against women and human trafficking. As he noted, “Frederick University through the programs of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication that it offers, but also through its interdisciplinary actions, lays the foundations for a journalism that serves the truth and the social progress and, at the same time, leaves a distinct imprint, contributing to the overall great effort for an aware and properly informed civil society.”

The Conference was divided into two parts with different themes. In the first part the role of Regulatory Authorities in the digital environment was presented by Dr. Antigone Themistokleous, Officer of the Radio and Television Authority. The Legal Officer of the Radio and Television Authority ms. Constantia Michailidou, analyzed the main aspects and challenges surrounding the Legislative Regulatory Framework regarding video sharing platforms. Then, ms. Julia Cooke, International Policy Manager, Online Safetyof the English Regulator Ofcom, presented Ofcom's approach to the Regulation of Video Sharing Platforms. Finally, it was presented by the head of the Legal Department of Hammy Media Ltd, Mr. Nikita Popov, the topic of the use of age verification systems on Platforms offering adult entertainment content.

In the second part of the Conference, the Chairman of the Board of Frederick University, Mr. Natassa Frederikou, analyzed the interdependence that exists between pornography, prostitution, human trafficking and violence against women. At the same time, he presented the results of a recent survey conducted by Frederick University among students regarding violent behaviors in their relationships and habits related to watching porn. “The research was done in the context of a big campaign that has been going on for some years at our University for healthy relationships. Questionnaires were given that presented scenarios with various types of violence in order to determine whether our students identified with either the perpetrator or the victim. In the same questionnaire we asked about porn viewing habits (age when first viewed, how often viewed) and we wanted to see if these are factors associated with violent behaviors”, said Ms. Frederikou. Among the most important findings of the research was the fact that it became clear that the age at which someone first viewed porn was associated with the frequency with which they would continue to view it, as well as the fact that there was a correlation between viewing porn and being associated with victimization or with the abuser.

Then, mrs. Maria Georgiou, Member of the Anti-Trafficking Office of the Anti-Crime Department of the Police Headquarters, presented the topic “Trafficking in Persons – Facts and Challenges”. Subsequently, Dr. Andri Andronikou, Scientific Director of the Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Violence in the Family (SPAVO), developed the topic of Understanding Violence against Women and its Representations in the Media. Finally, the Director of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority, Mr. Neophytos Epaminondas, presented the approach of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority to issues of domestic violence and violence against women.

After the presentations, there were questions from the attendees and a short discussion.

For more information:

Victoria Avraamidou, Press Officer, Communications and Outreach Service

  1. +357 22394394, ext. 41199 | E. v.avraamidou@frederick.ac.cy

About the University Frederick:< /p>

Frederick University has been operating since 2007 as an internationally recognized Institution of Higher Education, committed to academic excellence.

The five Faculties of the University offer more than 80 degree programs at bachelor's, master's and doctoral level, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Letters and Arts. Its mission is to provide quality education through an environment that promotes knowledge and contributes to the academic and personal development of students, commitment to research, innovation and the production of new knowledge and contribution to society as a whole to achieve change that our world needs.

Frederick University is the only academic institution in Cyprus with a license to operate in Nicosia and Limassol. In 2022 it was ranked 139th among 1103 European universities and 194th internationally, among a total of 2068 Universities evaluated in the general ranking of the U-Multirank global university rating system, supported by the European Commission. In the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, Frederick University was ranked 101-200 globally in all four categories that factored into its final ranking (Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Fewer Inequalities, Collaboration for the Goals). As a result of this ranking, Frederick University is one of two Universities in Cyprus and Greece (out of a total of fifteen participating Universities) that was ranked in the top 301-400 Universities worldwide in this ranking.

Source: eurokerdos.cyprustimes.com

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