Moniteur ottoman

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The Moniteur ottoman was a newspaper written in French and first published in 1831 on the order of Mahmud II.[1] It was the first official gazette of the Ottoman Empire, edited by Alexandre Blacque at the expense of the Sublime Porte.[1] Its name perhaps referred to the French newspaper Le Moniteur Universel. It was issued weekly.[2] Mahmud II wished to influence Europeans.[3] Takvim-i vekayi was published a few months later, intended as a translation of the Moniteur into Ottoman Turkish.[1]

Moniteur ottoman
PublisherOttoman government
Ceased publication1840s

After having been edited by former Consul for Denmark "M. Franceschi", and later on by "Hassuna de Ghiez", it was lastly edited by Lucien Rouet.[4] However, facing the hostility of embassies,[5] it was closed in the 1840s.[4] The title of the publication was used in Othōmanikos Mēnytōr (Greek: Οθωμανικός Μηνύτωρ), the Greek edition of Takvim-i vekayi.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c État présent de l'empire ottoman, p. 168.
  2. ^ L'ami de la religion, p. 316.
  3. ^ a b Strauss, Johann. "Language and power in the late Ottoman Empire" (Chapter 7). In: Murphey, Rhoads (editor). Imperial Lineages and Legacies in the Eastern Mediterranean: Recording the Imprint of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule (Volume 18 of Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies). Routledge, 7 July 2016. ISBN 1317118448, 9781317118442. Google Books PT192.
  4. ^ a b État présent de l'empire ottoman, p. 169.
  5. ^ Annuaire des deux mondes : histoire générale des divers États, p. 814.