The National Information Agency of Tajikistan /NIAT/ “Khovar” under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. The Central Information Agency of Tajikistan was established on December 31, 1925. On that day, the Presidium of the Revolutionary Committee of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic adopted a Resolution on the organization of the TASS department (telegraph agency of the Soviet Union) in Tajikistan. Soon the department received the status of the Tajik Telegraph Agency – TajikTA, which addressed the tasks of receiving TASS materials from Moscow and distributing them to the republican newspapers. At the same time, a small “Newsletter of Local Information” was produced.

The TajikTA initial material and technical base was a radio receiver, used to receive allied and foreign information, then translated from Russian into Tajik language, a typewriter and a rotator – small-format printing machine for the reproduction of the newsletters sent by subscription to newspapers, radio, and some organizations.

As a constituent unit of TASS and a republican governmental information agency, TajikTA was engaged in collecting and disseminating reliable, truthful information about the life of the country, its politics, economics, diplomacy, science, culture, sport, and other important social phenomena.

Gradually, the Agency became a mirror of public life. Its reports, reproduced by other mass media, for the first time brought into the world the words “Vakhshstroy”, “Nurek HPP”, “TadAZ”, “Finely-fibred cotton”, “Tajik lemon”, “Yavan”.

Over time, TajikTA has become a major coordinating information center of the country, which has a number of departments – creative and technical, as well as its own correspondents in the regions of the republic – Kulyab, Kurgan-Tube (now united in Khatlon province), Leninabad (Sughd) and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). The Agency has become a wonderful creative school of the skill of journalists and translators (Tajik, Russian, Uzbek, and English languages).

The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 had an influence on the work of the Agency, as well as on the whole life of Tajikistan. In those years special photo-windows of TajikTA began to appear, telling about the situation on the fronts and the work of the rear. Most of the staff joined the ranks of defenders of the Homeland, the Agency employed women and elderly people.

During the post-war reconstruction of the war-torn economy, TajikTA continued to expand its capabilities. Its channels worked with the maximum filling and not only on the domestic, but also on a foreign direction. Abroad, in particular, there were reports on the development of the South – Tajik territorial and production complex, the achievements of the nation, the solution of social problems.

In 1972, the TASS system and all telegraph agencies of the union republics, including Tajikistan, were transformed into a single information service of the USSR. The TajikTA was equated to the State Committee of the Tajik SSR. Conducted events and equipping with equipment allowed to improve the efficiency and quality of information, to expand its geography, and to increase the flow of reports. Monthly via TASS channels spread over 100 information about the life of Tajikistan. For the republic, up to 3.5 thousand information was prepared by four editions of TajikTA every year.

In 1981, in the edition of photo-information was created a laboratory of color photography, equipped with modern equipment and apparatus. As a result, Tajikistan entered all-Union and international exhibitions in color photographs and slides. Earlier, there was opened the only shop in Central Asia plastic clichés. It carried out the bookings of regional newspapers. Monthly, this edition produced operational photo-selections “Tajikistan today” with a circulation of up to 400 copies on 20 pictures each. The Agency provided information not only to republican publications, but also to 7 regional, 44 district and city newspapers.

Civil war of the 90s of the XX century caused a lot of damage to the Agency. However, work in the agency did not cease for a single day and with the cessation of hostilities in Tajikistan, it began to enter the normal course. It was received a new technique in the form of displays, and later – computers. The collective of workers began to replenish, which began to address new tasks for covering the life and development of the Republic of Tajikistan in the mass media after gaining in 1991 the State independence.

Since April 10, 1992 TajikTA was renamed into the Tajik news agency “Khovar” (“Vostok”) – TNA “Khovar”. On April 30, 2004 it gained the status of the central state information body under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and was renamed into the National Information Agency of Tajikistan – NIAT “KHOVAR”.

The Agency in its activity is guided by the Constitution and Laws of the Republic of Tajikistan, Decrees and orders of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Resolutions of Majlisi milli and Majlisi namoyandagon Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, orders of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as international legal acts in the field of mass media, joined by the Republic of Tajikistan.

The main task of the Agency, as a central state information agency, is to collect and provide other mass media for further dissemination in the country and abroad the information materials on the most important issues of domestic and foreign policy of the state, political, economic, social and cultural life of the country. Special information newsletters in the Tajik language “Nabzi Khovar” and in Russian “Pulse of the East” are preparing for state bodies and organizations, institutions, enterprises, public organizations, foreign embassies and international structures.

The agency is granted an exclusive right to collect and disseminate official information and documents reflecting the activities of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Majlisi Oli and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the right to transmit comments to them.

Today NIAT “Khovar” has correspondents in all provinces and districts of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as in the Russian Federation (Moscow), Turkey (Ankara), Germany (Berlin) and USA (New York).

For many years of the agency’s activity, the remarkable staff of journalists has grown up in its collective, working in various news agencies of the republic and abroad.

The main principles of the work of correspondents are the efficiency, objective and reliable coverage of events in the life of the republic. Their collected information is spread in Tajik, Russian, English and Arabic, as well as in Persian script.

Under the NIAT “Khovar” since 2011, functions the SUE Radio “FM Khovar”, which is considered one of the favorite radio stations of the listeners of the country. “FM Khovar” every half hour provides its listeners with the most important news about Tajikistan and the world. In addition, the radio “FM Khovar” is available to listeners around the world, due to the broadcast on the website of NIAT “Khovar” –  www.khovar.tj.

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LEADERSHIP

Director of NIAT “Khovar” – Saidali SIDDIQ

First Deputy Director of NIAT “Khovar” – Sayram BAKOZODA

Deputy Director of NIAT “Khovar” – Sarvaroy AZIMOVA

SINGLE REFERENCE

Tel .: +992 (37) 223-23-83 /reception/, +992 (37) 227-35-52 (website administration), +993 (37) 221-10-82, +992 (37) 223- 23-35 / radio /

Fax: + 992 (37) 223-23-83

Е-mail: info@khovar.tjniat@khovar.tj

EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT

Editor-in-chief of the Tajik service – Nazokat KODIROVA

Editor-in-chief of the Russian service –

SUE Radio “FM KHOVAR”

Radio Director – Saidjafar ASHURZODA

COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT

Tel.: +992 (37) 221- 79- 12

Mob.: +992 900 68 -55-55, +992 93 486-26- 26

Fax: +992 (37) 223-23-83

E-mail: niat@khovar.tjaloviddin_buriev@mail.ru

Head of the commercial department – Aloviddin Buriev

Legal and postal address

NIAT “Khovar”: 734025, Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe city, Rudaki ave. 40.

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