Union of Syriac Writers in Iraq commemorates 174th anniversary of first Syriac newspaper

ANKAWA, Iraq — In Ankawa, Iraq, the Union of Syriac Writers organized a celebration marking the 174th anniversary of the founding of the first Syriac newspaper. The event was a testament to the enduring cultural and historical significance of Syriac media and its evolution in the modern era.

Sponsored by the General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts, this commemorative gathering took place on Wednesday morning in honor of World Syriac Press Day. Distinguished attendees included religious leaders, government and party officials, and a gathering of Syriac language specialists from Iraq.

The celebration unfolded with a series of speeches delivered by officials and distinguished guests. Furthermore, engaging dialogues and interventions by the audience enriched the discourse. The Hyksos Hotel’s hall provided an ideal backdrop for this important occasion.

The 174th anniversary of the first Syriac newspaper’s establishment, Zahrire d-Bahra (Rays of Light) in the city of Urmia, Iran, in 1849, serves as a poignant reminder of the historical roots of Syriac media.