Intense reactions provoked photos of a publication on the geography of Psychogios Publications.
Specifically, the publication “Learning and Exploring: Europe”, which provides information regarding countries and parts of the continent, presents the occupied part of Cyprus as belonging to Turkey.
“Cyprus is a Mediterranean island and its northern part belongs to Turkey,” the publication said, prompting a flurry of reactions on social media.
In an announcement, “Psychogios Publications” notes that this edition is being withdrawn from the market, attributing the fact to a translator’s mistake. “Obviously, the occupied territories cannot be translated as ‘belonging’ to Turkey.”
The whole announcement from Psychogios publications:
Dear readers, we are very sorry for the mistake in our publication “I am learning and exploring: Europe” and we are withdrawing it from the market by proceeding with correction and reprinting.
Obviously, the occupied territories can not be translated as “belonging” to Turkey. Obviously, the translator’s mistake should not have escaped our curator either. We have published many titles about our Cyprus and we understand the magnitude of the mistake, especially in a children’s edition that passes messages to our children.
We apologize again and declare that the product was downloaded from our site and from tomorrow it will be withdrawn from the entire market.
Announcement of the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece
In an announcement, the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece notes:
“In the last few hours, the justified reactions of readers, regarding the publication and circulation, by the publishing house Psychogios, of a book game, which includes an educational puzzle and an illustrated book, entitled”Learning and exploring: Europe“, Where on page 17 there is the following inaccurate and unhistorical reference to Cyprus:”Cyprus is a Mediterranean island and its northern part belongs to Turkey».
In this regard, it is noted that this issue and the report, which is unacceptable for Cyprus, came to our notice as early as 20the
July 2020, and the following day, 21the
In July 2020, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Kyriakos Kenevezos, in a relevant letter to the publishing house, stated, among other things: “The consequences of the Turkish invasion – occupied, dead, missing, refugees, trapped, settlers, pseudo-state, violation of human rights and looting of our ancestral land – have been catastrophic. In view of the above, please take immediate action to correct the unacceptable, not to say miserable, these reports and to correct this serious error which, as you understand, raises serious national issues by exposing your publisher. house. Please as soon as we have your answer as well as information about the actions you will take. I am honestly sad».
In a reply letter of reply, dated July 23, 2020, the publishing house Psychogios informed us that the text has been corrected for the new edition, attaching, in fact, a copy of the corrected page 17, which read: “Cyprus is a Mediterranean island and its northern part is under Turkish occupation».
Given the above, yesterday’s announcement of the publications Psychogios with which they express their regret and accept the magnitude of their mistake, stating that, just now, obviously only under the weight of escalating reactions on the internet and seven whole months after our communication , the book game has been downloaded from their website and is being withdrawn from the whole market σε created a justified surprise for us.
If these imposed actions of the publishing house were not implemented, as they should have been and committed last July, immediately after our initial communication and despite any assurances, we claim and expect them to be implemented now “.
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