Kurdistan Journalists’ Manifest in the (115)th Anniversary of Kurdish Journalism
In 22nd of April 1898 the first Kurdish newspaper entitled (Kurdistan) was published by the pioneers of Kurdistan journalists (Miqdad Madhad Badirkhan & Abdul-Alrahman Badirkhan). From then Kurdistan journalism have passed through many bright phases and sometimes passed through opposed levels. Generally, journalism has passed through continuous developments.
In 22nd of April, it is the 115th anniversary of Kurdistan journalism. In the new occasion, in a new form, in a good level with a state-of-the-art technologies with a good abilities and qualities. The pervasiveness of journalism in all aspects of medium has been developed. And at last became a ‘job’ despite its barriers and reliabilities. It is an essential job, in that the effect of medium (generally) in day-to-day life has passed almost all limitations. It has effected not only on politics, economics, social, psychological, etc. but also it has an effect on the change of the nations. In this way, the job of journalism became a continuous part in the society and lives of individuals.
Kurdistan Newspaper’s words became a beam of light in Cairo, and now connected all Kurdish nation(s) and connected the Kurdish nation to the whole world.
In the changes of the south Kurdistan, in 1991 up to now, this field has developed very much and is developing on the right path continuously. It is clear that this development, on its frame, is due to the laws, widening the freedom, especially the freedom of speech. The level of this development, the work of journalism has numerous barriers. Some of them can be solved via the form of ‘changing laws’ or filling the legal gaps. But the others may relate to the system or the political situations in Kurdistan, or area. The job itself concerns the rights of journalists and the duties of journalists, which can need the general abilities and prolonged time.
In 22nd of April, Kurdistan’s journalists, in every part of Kurdistan or the world, can point his finger to the development of journalism in his/her region. Simultaneously, through his/her job can participate the regional attempts, political, social, economical attempts. Moreover, they can cooperate for developing the jour- nalism, despite their cooperation with their peers within (Kurdish or foreign) journalists. This is to become an official person in expressing the speech and trying for gaining the rights, life, and honored life of journalists.
However, the Syndicate of Journalists in Kurdistan will congratulate the day of journalism to all journalists in Kurdistan. At the same time, asks all journalists of Kurdistan to cooperate the project of (the Federation of Journalism in Kurdistan) to be successful. Thus, pay attention to journalism, the freedom of writing, and the freedom of journalism. They insist to support all journalists in Kurdistan within the federation. Though this project has passed through some practical phases.
Furthermore, the council of syndicate of Kurdistan journalism, in its 115th annual of Kurdistan Paper, will announce the golden prize of (Miqdad Badirkhan) to journalists. This prize consists of two annual prizes given to two journalists. One to a Kurdish journalist and one to a foreign journalist whom they persist the problems of Kurdish nation, freedom of speech, human rights, and developing democracy, and protecting the social equalization to people.
To remain the values and reputation of the prizes, the council of syndicate of Kurdistan journalism, by exchanging the ideas of specialists whom they know about international prizes, a group will be indicated. The first point of this group is not to be with any party within syndicate of Kurdistan journalism. For that, there will be a good refinery for nominees to be judged in both moral and morale values, for Miqdad Badirkhan golden prizes.
The work of journalism in Kurdistan Region, rather than other parts of Kurdistan, is developing day after day. Those fast paces in the field of technical and technological developments have been made. This reached Kurdistan journalism. However, the syndicate of Kurdistan journalism has became the owner of many legal projects then those projects became the law. By Kurdistan Parliament, this should be progressed to have a good environment in journalism. Since the work of journalism will face numerous obstacles.
The impact of medium, generally, and its development in quantity completed its duties. However, the quality type, it is not like as it is to be. This shortage is the duty of all of us to be improved. In one hand, expanding freedom, fitting the steps of democracy, watching freedom in its original place, are great duties which are the responsibilities of the journalists. Journalists will always fight with other forces and parties in politics, social, and economy. For this reason, the six-month-report of support committee for rights of journalists in the council of syndicate of Kurdistan journalism is an original part of this oppose. Despite of availability of laws, a huge number of newspaper organizations with continuous promises by top-officials in Regional Government, there are still punishment for journalists. Hence, in this manifest we are dealing with the following: