Ria Taza (newspaper)

Rya Teze ('New Path'), formerly written as Rja Ţəzə and Р’йа т'әзә (in Cyrillic script), was a Kurdish language newspaper published from Yerevan, Armenia.[1][2] The newspaper was founded in March 1930.[2][3] It was the organ of the Kurdish section of the Communist Party of Armenia.[1] At the time, it was a four-page newspaper, published every two weeks and with a circulation of six hundred copies.[3] The editor at the time was Cerdoyê Genco.[4] Publication was discontinued in 1937.[2]

Rya Teze
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First issue of Rja Ţəzə
LanguageKurdish language
Ceased publication2003
Circulation5,000 (as of 1976)

In 1955 publication of Rya Teze (in Cyrillic script) was resumed with Miroyi Asad as its editor.[2][5] As of the early 1970s it was published semiweekly and had a circulation of 2,800.[5] By 1976 circulation reached 5,000.[3]

As of the 1980s Rya Teze had a weekly circulation of 4,000 and was read by Kurds across the Soviet Union;[2] a smaller number of readers existed among the Kurds in Europe, who sometimes adopted material from it in their own publications published in Germany and Sweden.[6] In 1989 Tital Muradov took over as editor, and in 1991 the editorship was handed over to Emirike Serdar.[2]

Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union the newspaper faced financial difficulties as it no longer received state support. It survived, however. It was converted into a monthly with a circulation of five hundred. In 2000 the script was changed back to Latin alphabet.[2] The newspaper was shut down in 2003 due to economic problems. All in all 4,800 issues of Rya Teze were published between 1930 and 2003.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Louis Cheikho (1964). al-Mashriq: majallah Kāthūlīkīyah sharqīyah tabḥathu fī al-ʻilm wa-al-adab wa-al-fann. Jāmiʻat al-Qadīs Yūsuf. p. 531.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Kurdish Media. Kurdish newspaper ends publication after 73 years Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Gérard Chaliand; Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou (1993). A People without a country: the Kurds and Kurdistan. Zed Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-85649-193-8.
  4. ^ Nic Vanderscheuren; Kurdish Institute at Brussels (2004). Kruitvat Kaukasus. EPO. p. 129. ISBN 978-90-6445-370-0.
  5. ^ a b Edward Gulbekian (1971). Armenian press directory. HARQ. p. 38.
  6. ^ "Website offline | ICT & Media". 9 July 2014.