Ozgur Gundem (Free Agenda) newspaper, whose 27 employees were murdered before being closed in 1994, has resumed publication today.
While the newspaper took its place at distributors today, Firat Distribution employees, going from door to door at early morning hours, delivered the newspaper to readers. The newspaper was also distributed by bulk at Liberty Square in Kiziltepe County of Mardin.
While Ozgur Gundem became the single daily newspaper of the Kurdish media in respect of the period’s conditions when starting publication on 30 May 1992, it also became the voice of the oppressed, the otherized, the labour and the poor. The newspaper, whose 27 employees were murdered, was closed on 14 April 1994.
Of the newspapers emerging from free press tradition, 67 employees including Hafiz Akdemir and Apê Moses were murdered by JITEM and Hizbul-Contra. Under the cases opened against the newspaper, 20 decisions were issued for closure. While the decision ended the broadcast life of the Günlük (Daily) newspaper which started broadcasting with this heritage, its place was taken by Ozgur Gundem.
Translation: Berna Ozgencil
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