WATCH: Russian FM Spokesperson congratulates Kurdistan24's first anniversary
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on Monday congratulated Kurdistan24 on the first-year anniversary of the media network.
Kurdistan24 Company for Media and Research Ltd. officially launched its broadcast on Oct. 31, 2015.
The news network was founded at a time when the Kurdistan Region and Iraq were under attack from the Islamic State (IS) and struggled from a substantial financial crisis.
“I congratulate your TV channel for the very important event of being on air for a year. It’s great,” Zakharova told Khoshawi Mohammed, a Kurdistan24 correspondent in Moscow.
She stated it was challenging to compete and stay objective while there are many TV channels and mass media in the modern world.
“I wish you exactly this: to stand competitive and at the same time to be objective,” the spokesperson added.
The following is the statement in Russian:
The Founder and the General Manager of Kurdistan24 Noreldin Waisy previously stated the network wants to be part of the democratic transformation of Kurdish society “through a commitment to the provision of clear, exhaustive, rapid, and unbiased information to the people of Kurdistan.”
Kurdistan24 currently has a TV channel and radio broadcasting in Kurdish Sorani and Kurmanji dialects.
Its website publishes news stories in English, Arabic, Kurdish, and Turkish.
Within its first year, Kurdistan24 has become one of the most competitive networks in the Region and Iraq.
Additionally, the network has become a reliable source for international media who often publish exclusive interviews and footages from Kurdistan24 that have gone viral online.
“At one point Kurds had to rely on international media to get updated on the news, even their own news, but now it’s the other way around,” Waisy said. “International media relies on us to get accurate and timely news.”
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany