After the twin crimes of the coup d’état and the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974, AKEL UK established Parikiaki Haravgi newspaper to respond to the needs of the thousands of Cypriot refugees in the UK. The newspaper addressed the social, cultural and educational needs of the community as well as providing important information employment opportunities and the latest news in the community. The first edition of the paper was published on 25 September 1974.
The establishment of Parikiaki Haravgi would not have been possible without the effort, hard work and determination of the members of AKEL UK and progressive movements who have continued to support the paper since 1974. Parikiaki Haravgi was put together with limited infrastructure, endless hours of volunteer work, nights spent working on a linotype machine and, above all, the will to serve the needs of our people during a difficult and tragic period.
Over time, the newspaper was renamed Parikiaki. In its multiple decades of existence, Parikiaki has been a platform for a wide range of views and ideas, as well as a source of independent news concerning the UK Cypriot community. It informs and enlightens readers about our national struggle for a free, united Cyprus and aims to preserve our cultural identity here in the UK. The community has embraced the paper and it is valued and read by Cypriots regardless of their views and ideology.
Parikiaki is based at 140 Falkland Road, N8 0NP, near Turnpike Lane Station. It has its own website and a strong presence on social media. It is the largest print and online Cypriot newspaper in the UK.