On January 26, upon the initiative of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, AGBU Armenia hosted and co-organized the 110th anniversary of the Istanbul-based Jamanak daily newspaper. The event included the presentations of published books by Vahan Tekeyan, Yerukhan and Ruben Zardaryan as part of a series called “Jamanak – 100 Years” as well as the website of the daily paper.

Congratulating the editor of the daily newspaper Ara Gochunyan and the whole editorial staff, the RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan noted, “110 years ago in Istanbul, the times were such that there was the demand for a daily that would end up being unstoppable in its work and very quickly turn into an indivisible part and a companion of the daily life of the Istanbul Armenian community. There is no doubt that, from the moment of its establishment, Jamanak embodied the spirit of the times, marching forward and creating history, documenting its era and going beyond its times. The Gochunyan brothers, Misak and Sargis, who were well-known individuals in Istanbul and well versed in the everyday life of the Armenians and the reality of the Turkish-Armenians, established a newspaper that not only described and presented the important events and occurrences of their community, but also allowed the reader to commune with the writings and thoughts of Armenian intellectuals.” Referring to the books published through the efforts of the newspaper, Minister Hranush Hakobyan emphasized that it is difficult to imagine Western Armenian literature without authors like Vahan Tekeyan, Ruben Zardaryan, and Yerukhan.

Father Ararat Poghosyan, Director of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Manuscript Library at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin read out the Speech of Blessing from the Catholicos of All Armenians His Holiness KareKin II.

In his speech, AGBU Armenia Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian, welcomed the guests and emphasized that the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Jamanak daily had developed close ties and a partnership. He praised the books published in the series and expressed his gratitude to the series editors Sevan Deyirmenjian and Krikor Beledian, saying that Jamanak was not just a remarkable part of the Armenian press, it was one of the oldest newspapers in the world providing a voice to a minority group. At the end of his speech, he awarded the editor-in-chief of Jamanak, Ara Gochunyan with a special memento and a certificate of achievement from AGBU Armenia President Vasken Yacoubian.

The literary value of the four published books was analyzed by literary critics – Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan (“Two Heavens” compiled from random pages by Vahan Tekeyan), Dean of the Faculty of Armenian Philology at YSU Artzrun Avagyan (Vahan Tekeyan’s “Cesaria”), Yervand Ter-Khachatryan (Yerukhan’s “In Asia Minor”), and Nara Sargsyan (Ruben Zardaryan’s “Articles”). The discussion was moderated by acting director of the Matenadaran Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan. During the next thematic session titled “New Achievements from the Turn of the Century”, the achievements of Jamanak were voiced by Mark Grigoryan, director of the Public Radio, public figure Tigran Paskevichyan and television analyst Gegham Manukyan. After expressing his gratitude to Father Ararat Poghosyan for reading the Catholicos’ blessings, to the Ministry of Diaspora and Minister Hranush Hakobyan for the close collaboration and support, and to the AGBU for the warm reception and partnership, Ara Gochunyan noted that the press currently faces a series of challenges, and the editorial staff of the newspaper is doing everything it can to overcome them and walk in step with the times. “I think there is particular symbolism in the fact that the 110th anniversary of Jamanak coincided with the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Armenia. Our newspaper has borne witness to all the events in our modern history. Let us work together and move forward for a strong and peaceful Armenia,” Ara Gochunyan said.

The event hosted a large number of intellectuals, individuals who had collaborated with Jamanak and well-wishers.


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