THE STANDARD-BEARER OF THE WESTERN ARMENIAN PRESS – 2009-2

On the 100th anniversary of the newspaper “Azatamart” published in Constantinople

Mariam V. Hovepyan
During the years of its publication (1909-1915), the official newspaper of the Western Bureau of the ARF, “Azatamart, being the speaker of the party published also articles of the Armenian progressive society’s representatives. Thus “Azatamart” was not a narrow-party newspaper. It guaranteed publication of different opinions. From this point of view it was the most open newpaper in the reality of Western Armenia. “Azatamart”, compared with other Armenian newspapers at the beginning of the 20th century, was unsurpassed because of its rich materials and the methods of presenting opinions. “Azatamart”” taught many newspapers of that time and of the following decades the lessons of journalistic mastership and national solidarity.

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