In the hall of Yerevan State University named after Charents representatives of the Armenian media enjoyed the holyday atmosphere. In addition to greetings, gifts and letters of appreciation, YSU Faculty of Journalism in cooperation with the Union of Journalists of Armenia organized the annual award-giving ceremony of the International Scientific-Cultural Journal Azdarar.
The choice of the day, of course, was not accidental. On October 16, 1794 in Madras (India) was published the first Armenian printed edition Azdarar. The founder of the magazine Azdarar became the Priest Haroutyun Shmavonyan form Shirak. The jpurnal was published until March of 1796. During this period 18 editions were issued, 965 pages in total.
The International Scientific-Cultural Journal Azdarar was reincarnated in 2007, but this time in Kolkata. Editor Martik Sargsyan noted that the idea of restarting the publication of the magazine was offered by the Indian scientist Sushil Chaudkhur, who has written many books on the Armenian merchants in India.
According to the editor, the journal announced to the world about the birth of a new press. The language of the journal is gold Grabar, flavored by the Jugha Armenian. The journal covers political, historiographical articles about the life of the exile, - he added. According to the editor they follow the philosophical direction and historical orientation, but now they write about the urgent issues, too.
Congratulating all the journalists of the republic on their professional holiday, Chairman of the Journalists Union of Armenia Astghik Gevorgyan said: By the decision of the Government of Armenia on April 22, 2004, October 16 is celebrated as the Day of Press, later renamed the Day of the Armenian Press. And on this day we, journalists, are provided with the opportunity by Hranoush Hakobyan to celebrate officially this day. We are especially grateful to her.
This years diplomas of Azdarar were awarded to the representatives of the press not only of Armenia, but also the Diaspora.
The prize Azdarar 2009 was awarded to the newspaper Aravot, TV Company Hayrenik, youth program of Public Radio Lyun Me, the chief editor of newspaper The Lori Marz Manvel Mikoyan, photographer Martin Shahbazyan, a journalist from the Diaspora Harut Sassounyan.
Chief Editor of Aravot Aram Abrahamyan wished future journalists to resist the attractiveness of journalism and not to be apostles, but messengers.