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Rudaw Media Network
Native name
تۆڕی میدیایی رووداو
Tora Medyayî ya Rûdaw
HeadquartersErbil, Kurdistan Region
Key people
CEO Ako Mohammed
Number of employees
500-1000[1]
ParentRudaw Company
Websiterudaw.net/english

Rudaw Media Network (Kurdish: تۆڕی میدیایی ڕووداو, romanized: Tora Medyayî ya Rûdaw, or Kurdish: رووداو, romanized: Rûdaw), is a media group in Kurdistan Region, Iraq.[2][3][4] It publishes in Sorani, Kurmanji, English, Arabic and Turkish.[5] Rudaw Media Network also owns a weekly newspaper in the Sorani dialect with a circulation of 3,000, a Kurmanji version published in Europe, a website in Kurdish, English, Arabic and Turkish and a satellite TV station. The network is funded and supported by Rudaw Company and aims to impart news and information about Kurdistan and the Middle East.

Rudaw Media Network was temporarily banned in Syrian Kurdistan due to its partisan news and alleged smear campaigns against the Kurdish political parties which oppose the Kurdistan Democratic Party, a ruling political party led by the Barzani family members.[6][7]

Turkey removed three television channels based in northern Iraq, including Kurdish news agency Rudaw, from its TurkSat satellite over broadcasting violations during the Kurdish Regional Government's referendum in September 2017.[8]

On 28 October 2017, the office of audio visual media of the Iraqi government's Media and Communications Commission issued a decree, ordering the shutdown of Rudaw TV broadcast, prevention of its crews and seizure of their equipment across Iraq. The decree says that the grounds for this move are that Rudaw is not licensed in Baghdad, and for programs "that incite violence and hate and target social peace and security".[9]

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Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region, abbr. KRI, is an autonomous region in Iraq comprising the four Kurdish-majority governorates of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Duhok, and Halabja, and bordering Iran, Syria, and Turkey. The Kurdistan Region encompasses most of Iraqi Kurdistan but excludes the disputed territories of Northern Iraq, contested between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central Iraqi government in Baghdad since 1992 when autonomy was realized. The Kurdistan Region Parliament is situated in Erbil, but the constitution of the Kurdistan Region declares the disputed city of Kirkuk to be the capital of the Kurdistan Region. When the Iraqi Army withdrew from most of the disputed areas in mid-2014 following the Islamic State’s invasion of Iraq, Kurdish Forces entered the areas and held control there until Iraq retook the areas in October 2017.

Iraq

Iraq

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, the Persian Gulf and Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital and largest city is Baghdad. Iraq is home to diverse ethnic groups including Iraqi Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Armenians, Yazidis, Mandaeans, Persians and Shabakis with similarly diverse geography and wildlife. The vast majority of the country's 44 million residents are Muslims – the notable other faiths are Christianity, Yazidism, Mandaeism, Yarsanism and Zoroastrianism. The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish; others also recognised in specific regions are Neo-Aramaic, Turkish and Armenian.

Sorani

Sorani

Central Kurdish, also called Sorani (سۆرانی), is a Kurdish dialect or a language that is spoken in Iraq, mainly in Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as the provinces of Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan in western Iran. Sorani is one of the two official languages of Iraq, along with Arabic, and is in administrative documents simply referred to as "Kurdish".

Kurmanji

Kurmanji

Kurmanji (Kurdish: کورمانجی, Kurmancî, lit. 'Kurdish', also termed Northern Kurdish, is the northern dialect of the Kurdish languages, spoken predominantly in southeast Turkey, northwest and northeast Iran, northern Iraq, northern Syria and the Caucasus and Khorasan regions. It is the most widely spoken form of Kurdish.

English language

English language

English is a West Germanic language in the Indo-European language family, with its earliest forms spoken by the inhabitants of early medieval England. It is named after the Angles, one of the ancient Germanic peoples that migrated to the island of Great Britain. Existing on a dialect continuum with Scots, and then most closely related to the Low German and Frisian languages, English is genealogically Germanic. However, its vocabulary also shows major influences from French and Latin, plus some grammar and a small amount of core vocabulary influenced by Old Norse. Speakers of English are called Anglophones.

Arabic

Arabic

Arabic is a Semitic language spoken primarily across the Arab world. Having emerged in the 1st century, it is named after the Arab people; the term "Arab" was initially used to describe those living in the Arabian Peninsula, as perceived by geographers from ancient Greece.

Turkish language

Turkish language

Turkish, also referred to as Turkish of Turkey, is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around 80 to 90 million speakers. It is the national language of Turkey and Northern Cyprus. Significant smaller groups of Turkish speakers also exist in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, other parts of Europe, the Caucasus, and some parts of Central Asia, Iraq, and Syria. Cyprus has requested the European Union to add Turkish as an official language, even though Turkey is not a member state. Turkish is the 13th most spoken language in the world.

Middle East

Middle East

The Middle East is a geopolitical region commonly encompassing Arabia, Asia Minor, East Thrace, Egypt, Iran, the Levant, Mesopotamia, and the Socotra Archipelago. The term came into widespread usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions, and has been viewed by some to be discriminatory or too Eurocentric. The region includes the vast majority of the territories included in the closely associated definition of Western Asia, but without the South Caucasus, and additionally includes all of Egypt and all of Turkey.

Syrian Kurdistan

Syrian Kurdistan

Syrian Kurdistan is a region in northern Syria where Kurds form the majority. It is surrounding three noncontiguous enclaves along the Turkish and Iraqi borders: Afrin in the northwest, Kobani in the north, and Jazira in the northeast. Syrian Kurdistan is often called Western Kurdistan or Rojava, one of the four "Lesser Kurdistans" that comprise "Greater Kurdistan", alongside Iranian Kurdistan, Turkish Kurdistan, and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Democratic Party

Kurdistan Democratic Party

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, usually abbreviated as KDP or PDK, is the largest party in Iraqi Kurdistan and the senior partner in the Kurdistan Regional Government. It was founded in 1946 in Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan. The party states that it combines "democratic values and social justice to form a system whereby everyone in Kurdistan can live on an equal basis with great emphasis given to rights of individuals and freedom of expression."

Platform

Rudaw is based in Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The company has correspondents in various parts of the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. Rudaw publishes in the Kurdish dialects Sorani and Kurmanji as well as in English.

Digital portal

An online platform that covers Kurdish issues in both Kurdish dialects. The website also publishes news and information in English, Turkish and Arabic.

Radio

A radio news channel that broadcasts on shortwave across the Middle East. Audiences all over the world can listen to a live stream online.

Newspaper

Published on a weekly basis, with hard copies sold in the Kurdistan Region and Europe. In the Kurdistan edition, stories of interest to the local population are covered. The European edition features issues of interest to the Kurdish diaspora.

Television

A Kurdish news channel that broadcasts to the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, Canada and the U.S. This newly launched channel can be received on NileSat and Hot Bird satellites.

Awards

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers recognized Rudaw[10] for extending its reach to 100 million in social media in 2017.

Majeed Gly, a Kurdish correspondent for Rudaw Media Network, was awarded the Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast media by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) at its headquarters in New York.[11]

Criticism

A number of international and Kurdish sources have described Rudaw as a "propaganda machine" of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party, particularly Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani.[12][3][13][14]

Source: "Rudaw Media Network", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudaw_Media_Network.

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Sources
  1. ^ "Frequent questions about Rudaw media network". Rudaw Staff. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ Akkaya, Gülşah Neslihan; Torlak, Furkan; Baştürk, Levent; Küçükkeleş, Müjge; Demir, Zehra Senem; Ziya, Saliha (23 September 2013). Irak Siyasetini Anlama Kılavuzu (in Turkish). SETA. ISBN 9786054023295.
  3. ^ a b "How the Islamic State is winning the media war". Al-Monitor. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Rudaw Media Network".
  5. ^ "Rudaw - About us". Rudaw Media Network. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ "PKK-affiliated PYD bans Rudaw TV in Rojava". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Syrian Kurds ban Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw TV in Kobani". Ekurd.net. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  8. ^ "3 TV channels, including KRG's Rudaw, to be removed from TurkSat over broadcasting violations". DailySabah. 25 September 2017.
  9. ^ English, Rudaw (28 October 2017). "Iraq's media and communications commission bans Rudaw" (in French).
  10. ^ http://www.rudaw.net/english/world/280220182
  11. ^ UN Correspondents Association awards Majeed Gly of Kurdistan 6/12/2018
  12. ^ "Independent media fades in Iraqi Kurdistan". Al-Monitor. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  13. ^ Chomani, Kamal (4 June 2012). "Nechirvan Barzani's association with media corruption … the Godaw Company as an example". Kurdistan Tribune. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Iraqi Kurdish Media: Truth, lies & the Kurdistan24 TV channel". Ekurd.net. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
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