The professional holiday of all employees of Armenian periodicals, the Day of the Armenian Press, is celebrated annually in the country on October 16. It was established in recognition of the merits of the national press of Armenia in the life of the country.
The Armenian press is over two hundred years old. On October 16, 1794 in Madras (India) the first Armenian printed periodical "Azdarar" ("Bulletin") was published. In 1794-1796, 18 issues of the magazine were published, the publisher and editor of which was Harutyun Shmavonyan.
In memory of this event, by the decision of the Government of Armenia on April 22, 2004, the Day of the Press Worker was established. Subsequently, this day was renamed the Armenian Press Day.
Today, the periodical press in Armenia takes an active civic stand. Despite the fact that the daily circulation of each republican print media (of which there are about a hundred in the country) does not exceed three to four thousand copies, the print press of Armenia is known abroad and receives awards.
For example, the Armenian newspaper Delovoy Express received an award from the Russian government. Namely, on September 25, 2012, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree according to which the Delovoy Express newspaper was awarded a diploma of the Russian government for its great contribution to the preservation of the Russian language and culture, as well as to the consolidation of compatriots abroad.