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Awene: Independent Kurdish weekly mirrors life in Kurdistan,
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Awene: Independent Kurdish weekly mirrors
life in Kurdistan, Sulaimaniyah
Asos Herdi the editor-in-chief of Awene newspaper
and former editor-in-chief of Hawlati
Sulaimaniyah (Kurdistan-Iraq), 6 Jan: Awene, or
The Mirror, is a new Kurdish weekly published in the
city of Sulaimaniyah in southern Kurdistan. It is
20-page covers wide-range aspects of Kurdish life
and international issues.
“We would like to be an independent newspaper that
is a source of neutral news and exchange of
different opinions. Awene shall mirrors facts,” Asos
Herdi the editor-in-chief of Awene told
KurdishMedia.com from his headquarters in
“We have a four-year-plan. In the first six months,
Awene would be a weekly paper. After that we plan to
produce it twice a week, and perhaps we make it a
daily paper afterward,” Herdi added.
Herdi is the former editor-in-chief of Hawlati, who
with most of his team recently resigned from
Hawlati. KurdishMedia.com asked him about his
opinion about Hawlati. “I would like Hawlati to stay
strong and get stronger, even after we left. For
Awene to be a good paper, we need a strong
competitor,” Herdi replied.
“How do you use your Hawlati experience?”
KurdishMedia.com asked. “The team has several
valuable years of experience in Hawlati. We can use
this in a number of ways starting form marketing and
distribution to shaping and production of our paper.
We would be transparent to ourselves and to our
readers, and we work as a strong team. The paper
shall be financed as a share-holding company. So
that one person – the owner of the paper – cannot
have full control for simply financing the paper,”
Most of the Hawlati’s staff resigned recently due to
some internal issues in running the paper. Now they
have established a new Kurdish weekly, called Awene,
which is produced every Tuesday from Sulaimaniyah.
The first issue produced last Tuesday has been given
away as a gift to their readers. Weekly Awene costs
750 Iraqi Dinar, which is equivalent to nearly 50 US
Hawlati is the closest that one can get to
independent paper in Kurdistan. Now it has a
competitor. The readers shall decide soon which one
is more popular.
Awene will soon be online at: www.awene.com. Hawlati
is already online, but going through some changes
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