4 May 2011
Solun/Salonika, Melbourne and Toronto
The editorial board of Nova Zora, a pro-Macedonian monthly newspaper published in Greece, together with the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) and Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) are proud to mark the one year anniversary of the publication of the first issue of Nova Zora.
Over the last twelve months, the AMHRC and MHRMI have worked closely with the newspaper's editorial team, thus ensuring the successful publication and distribution of the newspaper each month in Aegean Macedonia. To mark this historic event, Nova Zora's editorial board issued the following statement yesterday:
One year of regular monthly issues, 250,000 copies, tens of thousands of visits to the website www.novazora.gr. One year full of sinister attempts to undermine and discredit our efforts and our names. One year full of threats and full of attempts to wipe out our newspaper.
However the year garnered even more support from Macedonians and democratically minded Greeks. Large numbers of people have participated in the process of producing the newspaper, via meetings, providing advice, distributing the newspaper, offering voluntary aid and contributing to its content.
The year was also full with words of encouragement to continue our mission. There has also been a large and hopeful presence of the youth – a shining beacon for the future. One year where some light has shone in the general darkness of various issues (political, historical, cultural, human rights etc).
We the Macedonians are here and we will carry on the struggle!
AMHRC and MHRMI will continue to support Nova Zora into the second year and beyond, and Macedonians around the world are encouraged to also lend support, both morally and financially.
The Editorial Team of Nova Zora, together with the AMHRC and MHRMI
Nova Zora is a pro-Macedonian newspaper based in Solun/Salonika, Aegean Macedonia, Greece. www.novazora.gr
Established in 1984 the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) is a non-governmental organisation that informs and advocates before international institutions, governments and broader communities about combating racism and promoting human rights. Our aspiration is to ensure that Macedonian communities and other excluded groups throughout the world, are recognised, respected and afforded equitable treatment. www.macedonianhr.org.au
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (formerly Macedonian Human Rights Movement of Canada) has been active on human rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. www.mhrmi.org