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 AK News Director: The media in Kuridstan is not independent because they do not have their own income

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AK News Director: The media in Kurdistan is not independent because they do not have their own income  1.6.2011  

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Aknews seeks independent funding following cutbacks

June 1, 2011


ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Dozens of people have been laid off at Aras Publishers, of which AKnews is a subsidiary, due to its funding being cut.

The organization will need to find other funding sources if it is to survive. Book sales, advertising and grants are seen as the main options.

Director general of Aras, Bedran Habeeb, said he is planning to make the operation self-sufficient within a few months.

“We have the printing house and we will use this to secure profits. We will also focus on commercial adverts," he said.

Mr Habeeb said the media has to have its own independent funds and not depend on political parties.

"And this new path has been taken by AKnews and Aras publisher for the first time in Kurdistan. The media in Kuridstan is not independent because they do not have their own income."

Based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, AKnews is working towards becoming the premier independent news agency in Iraq,
www.ekurd.netpublishing content in Kuridsh (Sorani and Kurmanjk dialects), Arabic, and English.                         

Badran Ahmed Habeeb, the Director General of Kurdistan News Agency (AKNEWS)

Aras Publishers, set up in 1998, has printed and distributed more than 1000 books in addition to a number of magazines.

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