“Azat Artsakh” newspaper has come a long way.
“Karabakh Gexghchuk”( Karabakh Peasant), several editions of which have been published in Shoushi, from July 16, 1923, is considered to be the forerunner of “Azat Artsakh”. After 5 publications, a small, wretched printing house was moved from Shoushi to Stepanakert, which later was enriched by the efforts of S.Kirov, and the paper was renamed into “Khorhurdayin Karabakh”.
In the first five years the printing was as follows: 500, 700, 1000, 1700, 2300, 4600 (e.g. in 1928).From 1932 it became a daily newspaper.
From 1980 “Khorhurdayin Karabakh” started publishing its copy in Russian.
In the gloomy years of aggravation and widespread abandonment, “Khorhurdayin Karabakh” became an Armenian speaking visitor in everyone's homes, always expressing their concerns, their desires and hopes.
In the period of Artsakh national-liberation struggle (1988-1994) the paper was a chronicler: both a writer and a soldier. It should be noted that in 1988, during the Movement, the number of subscribers reached 100,000, in 1998 it was 3000.
Now about the editors-in-chef:
The Editor-in-Chief of “Karabakh Gexghchuk” was Sero Manutsyan. Later the Editors-in-Chef were Suren Hakhumyan, Andranik Avagyan, M. Khachyan, A. Balayan, G. Ghazaryan, G. Hovhannisyan, H. Shahramanyan, A. Avagyan, Lazr Gasparyan, Hovhannes Arzumanyan (the longest–running Editor-in-Chief: 1966-1984) and Eghishe Sargsyan ( 1984-1988).
From 1988 to 1992 the Editor-in-Chief of the paper was Maksim Hovhannisyan.
By the decree of the first president of Artsakh Supreme Council Arthur Mkrtchyan (1991-1992) the newspaper was renamed into “ Artsakh”.
From 1992 to 1994 Komitas Danielyan was the Editor-in-Chief of the paper.
From May, 1994 to March 1, 1995 the paper was headed by Gegham Baghdasaryan, in 1995-1998 it was again headed by Maksim Hovhannisyan, and since 1998 again by Gegham Baghdasaryan.
Note that from 1994 to 1998 the paper was called “The Republic of NK”.
In 1998 the paper was renamed into “Azat Artsakh”.
In October, 1999 Michael Hajyan was appointed to the position of the Editor-in-Chief of the paper, who was succeeded by Haykaz Ghahriyan in 2000.
From 2004 to 2007 the Editor-in-Chief of the paper was Marsel Petrosyan.
From 2007 to 2008, for a very short time (about 7-8 months), the paper was headed by Murad Petrosyan, who was succeeded by Leonid Martirosyan(2008-2018).
Since 2018 the Editor-in-Chief of the paper is Norek Gasparyan.