Government spokesman George Petalotis on Tuesday categorically ruled out any prospect that the state-run news agency ANA-MPA will be among the public-sector organisations and bodies that are to be closed down in the framework of mergers to reduce public-sector spending.
"Most definitely there is no issue concerning the ANA-MPA," the spokesman said, adding that both the news agency and public television channel were national tools for promoting the viewpoints of the country.
The government had "put things in order" at a difficult economic time, restricting spending, in order to ensure that they were better and more objective, he added.