Turkey's Roma community produce first newspaper

Izmir Roman Association head Abdullah Cistir said 'This will be the first time the Roma community produce a newspaper in Turkey.'

Turkey's Roma community produce first newspaper

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Roma population have started printing their first newspaper in the country. The 8 Nisan (8 April) newspaper has been named after the date celebrated as World Roma Day.

Izmir Roman Association head Abdullah Cistir spoke to Al Jazeera Turk on behalf of his community based in the western coastal city, saying that he hoped the newspaper would information awareness among Izmir's Roma residents.

He also aid that he hopes the newspaper will explain the social and economic plight of his community in search for solutions. 

'We got started with a very humble team and budget,' he said, adding that profits from the association's Rom-ca magazine were used to cover expenses.

'This will be the first time the Roma community produce a newspaper in Turkey,' he noted.

10,000 copies have already been printed and sent to various parts of Izmir, the Turkish capital Ankara and the north-western region of Thrace.

Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2014, 17:20
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