Interviewee ID: 990278
Parent's name: Badjinnyam
Year of Birth: 1929
Ethnicity: Ard Halh
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Born in: Delgertsogt sum, Dundgovi aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090726A with Dashdondov by Buyandelger
We (journalists) call Dashdondov in a respectful manner ‘the godfather of the free press’. He has his own firm view and since socialism he has been a heretic. Though he lived a poor life with his old blind mother, he has reached the present day level by the result of his own zeal and laborious great work. Each word of the well-known Mongolian journalist, the honored artist Mongolian culture, the respected doctor of the Philological Institute of the Academy of Science, the lexicographer Dashdondov is valuable, I think. He was a good student with a ‘Sühbaatar’ scholarship when he studied at the Party Institute in the socialist time. He graduated from school with a red diploma and he started his career as a journalist. From his many publications we can sense he has a unique attitude to everything, he has an accurate and precise vision of things. His articles “Sad Thoughts about a Holiday”, “The Low Work of Superior People”, “Ours Abroad” published in 1980 in Ünen newspaper made the readers anxious and show his vision. He recalled the time when he was young, he twice visited many Mongolian aimags and sums with the Soviet Union hospital unit and took an active part and played an important role in liquidating the infectious venereal diseases. The wide framework of aid from the Soviet Union aimed at helping the Mongolian population had its great influence to our present day healthy births. He emphasized that thanks to them we been multiplied and grown in numbers. Remember that not only women but men were also subject to ‘red injection’. In fact, ‘red injection’ was of great assistance to the Mongolians. His work and life history is very interesting. He has talked some parts of it here. He has published many dozens of books and dictionaries, and he is still doing his work. Dashsondov was the one who worked persistently for the independence of the press when the democratic revolution arose in Mongolia in 1990. He was elected the first president of the Mongolian Democratic Union of Journalists to protect the interests of the Mongolian journalists. At that hard time he lifted the Mongolian journalists to the international level and enlisted them to the international journalists’ organization with in Brussels. Mongolian journalists have been actively participating in its activities. For the first time Dashdondov showed us the international journalists’ certificate and he handed us our own certificates. I know it wasn’t all that easy.