02 April 2014 19:25

Overnight mass arrests of bankers and politicians suspected of engineering the economy's collapse was by far the best April Fools' media report on Tuesday.
Right-wing Simerini, which also posted the 'wishful thinking' joke on Sigmalive - the publishing group's website - went a step further saying that a total of 12 suspects were handcuffed.  And that more suspects were likely to be arrested within the day, according to informed sources.
Opposition left-wing Akel's mouthpiece Haravgi also had a good one poking fun at Archbishop Chrysostomos II and his totally new attitude towards extreme far-right Elam party.
"The Archbishop's Jekyll and Hyde syndrome has prompted the anger of the nationalist group," said Haravgi before announcing that Elam is to organise a protest rally outside the Archbishopric.
Insinuating that the Archbishop has a dual personality, the paper refers to last week's clashes between Elam and the police during a speech in Limassol given by former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.
Chrysostomos, widely considered a hardliner on the Cyprus problem, strongly condemned Elam whom - in the past - he had publicly described as 'nice, educated young people with crystal clear positions (on the Cyprus issue)'.  
Ruling Disy-affiliated Alithia claimed former defense minister Fotis Fotiou (pictured with the President) got his job back when unwillingly stepped down from his position after his centre party - Diko - left the governing coalition.
'Fotiou is back at the Defense Ministry', said the headline before alleging that this was an issue raised between new Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos and President Anastasiades when they met face-to-face last week for the first time since the split.
Popular Tasos Mitsopoulos died suddenly 10 days ago after only a week as defence minister.
Politis focused on another distraught official - ruling Disy's MEP Andreas Pitsillides - who was not included on the party's ballot despite his public wish to run again in May's Euro elections.
'Andreas is the new (government) spokesman' said the headline before 'disclosing' that Disy and the President had secretly agreed that Pitsillides should replace MEP runner Christos Stylianides.
The paper went a step further, saying that acting government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos was 'very disappointed' over this new development.
English-language Cyprus Mail took a different approach having 'Straight white males' on the island getting organised with the fledgling movement planning to press home the plight of SWM.
SWM are becoming marginalised in places like the US and certain parts of northern Europe, and the group warned that this phenomenon will reach Cyprus eventually.
As for the Cyprus Daily, we had a tutor at the Cyprus College of Art in Larnaca left baffled by screams from her students who claimed a 'ghost' had walked in on the class.


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