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Khaz­nadar: “Just for get­ting a news­pa­per or a magazine, I’ve trav­elled a con­ti­nent af­ter another.”

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One out of the many peo­ple who grew up be­tween Er­bil and Bag­dad started col­lect­ing old Kur­dish pa­pers and mag­a­zines, and with all love and self­less­ness, worked in the field of re­search and archive of Kur­dish jour­nal­ism is (Ja­mal Khaz­nadar – 1948). This man is in­ter­ested in old Kur­dish prints and pub­li­ca­tions to an ex­tent that his act, speech and think­ing are only about col­lect­ing sources and search­ing for the lat­est prints and find­ing the old­est prints of Kur­dis­tan.

There is no of­fi­cial in­sti­tu­tion for ar­chiv­ing and doc­u­ment­ing Kur­dish Jour­nal­ism in Kur­dis­tan, what Khaz­nadar has done goes back to April of 1968. As he says, the idea of es­tab­lish­ing this cen­tre and work­ing for preser­va­tion of Kur­dish pub­li­ca­tions goes back to those days when he sees the first Kur­dish news­pa­per <Kur­dis­tan' which is­sued on April 22nd 1898. Af­ter the de­ci­sion of es­tab­lish­ing the cen­tre, he starts look­ing for news­pa­pers and pub­li­ca­tions is­sued dur­ing the era of the first Kur­dish govern­ment in Sle­many lead by Sheikh Mah­mood Hafeed. Be­side col­lect­ing news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, rare pho­tos, pa­pers and scripts, he has printed some books as well, the lat­est one is an en­cy­clo­pe­dia of Kur­dish jour­nal­ism which con­sists of twelve vol­umes. The first vol­ume has been printed and oth­ers are un­der prepa­ra­tion. He says that the en­cy­clo­pe­dia is the prod­uct of the cen­ter, and his life's pro­ject.

Khaz­nadar men­tions that in the first step, in 75th an­niver­sary of Kur­dis­tan News­pa­per, he is­sued a book in Kur­dish, Ara­bic and English that was called "guide­book of Kur­dish jour­nal­ism". At that time, he could only get 130 news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines which he has reg­is­tered in his book and ex­plained them.

Re­gard­ing the num­ber of Kur­dish news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines kept in the cen­ter, Khaz­nadar says they're about 4000 copies. Af­ter he leaves Bag­dad in 1995 and heads to Europe to set­tle in Ger­many – Hanu­ver, he opens a branch of the cen­ter and col­lected hun­dreds of Kur­dish news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines in Europe, Amer­ica, Canada and Aus­tralia. For find­ing a news­pa­per or a magazine he has trav­eled en­tire the world as he says. "Some­times just to col­lect a copy of a news­pa­per, I trav­elled hours by planes and went to con­ti­nents to find a Kur­dish printed source," Khaz­nadar says.

Khaz­nadar strug­gles to make the cen­ter an of­fi­cial in­sti­tu­tion and to pro­vide a build­ing and other nec­es­sary equip­ments, but he hasn't yet re­ceived any re­sponse re­gard­ing build­ing na­tional mu­seum of Kur­dish jour­nal­ism. In ad­di­tion to that, he wants to make the cen­ter a source for re­searchers and spe­cial­ists and help them when they con­duct re­searches on cul­tural top­ics in Kur­dis­tan.

Khaz­nadar says his cen­ter in Ger­many is an­nu­ally sup­ported by Ger­man govern­ment, a spe­cial place has been de­voted for, but there is still no spe­cific and suit­able place in Kur­dis­tan for the cen­ter. He men­tions that there is no place in which he could save those his­tor­i­cal sources, which are orig­i­nal copies of news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines, some of them have only one copy which is kept in the cen­ter. "As time con­tin­ues its pas­sage, these sources will be dam­aged and lost," says Khaz­nadar.

Ja­mal Khaz­nadar

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