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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-06

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  • [01] Venizelos: We are in danger of being led to deadlock
  • [02] Andreas Christodoulides passes away

  • [01] Venizelos: We are in danger of being led to deadlock

    AMNA--PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos, speaking to young scientists at a downtown Athens hotel, made the assessment that "in no way will a majority government be formed" and that "we are in danger of being led to an insuperable deadlock."

    Venizelos added that "cooperations are necessary, governance of joint national responsibility is necessary."amna

    The PASOK leader went on to say that PASOK mainly has one "ambition", "to be the factor that will be able to secure both the character and mainly the direction of the new government."

    [02] Andreas Christodoulides passes away

    AMNA---Andreas Christodoulides was born in Cyprus in 1942.

    He graduated from the Pancyprian Gymnasium and later studied law in Athens. In 1967 he was obliged to interrupt his university studies due to the dictatorship and to depart Greece.

    He worked in the press sector since 1965, beginning with the newspaper "Evdomada" (1965-1966) and then in the United Kingdom with the newspapers "Kosmos" (1972-1973) and "Nea Dimokratia" (1973-1974).

    In 1974 Christodoulides returned to Greece and worked for the newspaper "Exormisi", where he was the chief editor (1978-1982) and managing director (1989). He was also a correspondent of the Cypriot newspaper "Ta Nea" (1974-1987).

    In 1981 he was appointed as general director of the Athens News Agency, a post he held until 1987, when he was appointed president of state broadcaster ERT SA.

    Christodoulides resigned from this post in July 1988 and took over as special secretary at the mass media service of the ministry to the presidency. amna

    In 1990 he assumed the management of the Cypriot private radio station "Super FM".

    In 1991 he returned to Greece where he served as an adviser at the Tegopoulos media group and was a regular contributor to the Athens daily "Eleftherotypia".

    In 1993 he was appointed for the second term as general director of the ANA, where he remained until 2004, overseeing the very successful coverage of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games by Greece's national news agency.

    He was later appointed as the special adviser of to the ANA general director.

    In 1989 he was selected by the University of Manchester as a member of the European Institute for the Media.

    Christodoulides was a member of the European Forum of Audiovisual Means and a member of the board of the Hellenic Audiovisual Institute (IOM) from its foundation until 2005.

    In 2005 he was awarded the Yannos Kranidiotis Award for innovative creation. amna

    He attended dozens of international and local conferences, seminars and journalism sessions.

    Christodoulides was instrumental in the creation of the Association of Balkan News Agencies and an active member, in his capacity as ANA director, in the European Alliance of News Agencies and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

    Since 1994 he was a lecturer at the Athens University's faculty of communication.

    Christodoulides translated and adapted into Greek three university textbooks entitled "The Art of Journalism-1986" and "The Art of Reportage-1992" and "The Art of Television Journalism-2006". amna

    In 2009 he authored the book "International and National News Agencies".

    Andreas Christodoulides is survived by his wife and a news agency that he took from a 1950s-era mentality and placed squarely in the 21st century.

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