Ishtar TV is an Assyrian broadcasting channel which has its headquarters in Ankawa, Iraq. It was established by Sarkis Aghajan and was led by George Mansour, who was Ishtar TV‘s first General Manager in 2005. The network broadcasts mostly in Syriac, but Arabic and Kurdish are heard throughout the day as well. Politically the channel is affiliated with the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council
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The choice of the name of the Ishtar satellite channel came after the name of the gods Ishtar, a symbol of love, fertility, beauty, and giving. We wanted to enter from the Ishtar Gate into an independent Iraqi media that gives importance to our Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people after their civilization and national identity has been marginalized and hidden throughout the past decades.
Ishtar is the platform through which the free voices of our people go out to demand their national rights and to communicate their voice inside and outside Iraq to all parts of the world and highlight their identity, civilization, traditions and national customs, as it is the bridge that connects our people in the motherland with our people in the countries of the Diaspora.
Ishtar is a diversified cultural channel of Iraqi origin and orientation that deals with the affairs of Iraq in general and the affairs of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people in particular and addresses the viewer in three languages of Syriac, Arabic and Kurdish, its objectives highlighting the concerns of all components of the Iraqi people with a calm, balanced and neutral speech and seeks to spread the principles of harmony, love and peace and reject discrimination and violence.
The Ishtar satellite channel focuses on caring for the Syriac language, which is the mother tongue, the language that unites us and unites us, and we seek to revive and develop it through programs directed to the new generation to keep it from disappearing.