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State television begins Kurdish test broadcasts

Hurriyet: ISTANBUL - The head of the Diyarbakır Chamber of Trade and Industry, Mehmet Kaya, agrees that TRT’s new channel is important, as such mediums can allow the language and culture of a people to develop. He says the TRT’s belated efforts on Kurdish TV are welcome, but argues that it need to be supported by scientific measures to promote Kurdish

Test broadcasts from the Kurdish television channel of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, or TRT, have received mixed responses in the region, with some cautiously welcoming it while others seeing it as a voice of the state.

DTP will push for education in Kurdish

The new legislative term is heating up with proposals from the Democratic Society Party, or DTP, on education in Kurdish. The DTP’s leaders say they will support and organize demonstrations to guarantee education in their mother tongue in the Constitution. The party will also try to galvanize grassroots support by organizing a symbolic trial

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News (Friday, September 12, 2008)

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What are the benefits of a unified writing system?

For Kurds, a unified writing system can be a major step in resolving historic national issues. On a practical level, such a system will produce the following benefits:

Why do the Kurdish speakers need a unified writing system?

Today, Kurds use four different writing systems. Northern Kurds use a modified Latin-Turkish alphabet; Central Kurds use a modified Arabic alphabet; Kurds in formerly USSR use a modified Cyrillic alphabet; and some Kurds in Southeastern Kurdistan still use the Persian alphabet. The lack of a unified writing system makes publications and media in one part of Kurdistan useless in other parts. Without a unified writing system, it is impossible to develop a national Electronic Documentation Archive. Such communicative dysfunction is of particular concern in the digital age.

Why do the Kurdish speakers need a unified Latin based Alphabet?

Being an Indo-European language, a Latin-based alphabet better suits this vowel-rich language than a Semitic-based medium, like Arabic.

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