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Ettela'at Newspaper
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FormatPrint, online
Owner(s)Iran Chap Organisation
Founder(s)Abbas Masoudi
PublisherIran Chap Organisation
EditorMohmoud Doai
Founded10 July 1926;93 years ago (1926-07-10)
Political alignmentConservative
Headquarters Tehran, Iran

Ettela'at (Persian : اطلاعات lit. Information) is a Persian language daily newspaper published in Iran. It is among the oldest publications in the country, and the oldest running Persian daily newspaper in the world. [1] The paper has a conservative stance [2] and focuses on political, cultural, social and economic news. [3]

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is a Western Iranian language belonging to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian subdivision of the Indo-European languages. It is a pluricentric language predominantly spoken and used officially within Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in three mutually intelligible standard varieties, namely Iranian Persian, Dari Persian and Tajiki Persian. It is also spoken natively in the Tajik variety by a significant population within Uzbekistan, as well as within other regions with a Persianate history in the cultural sphere of Greater Iran. It is written officially within Iran and Afghanistan in the Persian alphabet, a derivation of the Arabic script, and within Tajikistan in the Tajik alphabet, a derivation of Cyrillic.

Newspaper Scheduled publication containing news of events, articles, features, editorials, and advertising

A newspaper is a periodical publication containing written information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background.

Iran A country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With 82 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the political and economic center of Iran, and the largest and most populous city in Western Asia with more than 8.8 million residents in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area.


Ettela'at Paper news Khamenei was voted as Iran president - 1981 Paper news Khamenei was voted as Iran president.jpg
Ettela'at Paper news Khamenei was voted as Iran president - 1981

History and profile

Ettala'at was started in 1926. [4] The circulation of the paper was 15,000 copies during the reign of Reza Shah. [4]

Reza Shah Shah of Iran, Founder of the Imperial state of iran

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First page of Ettela'at news paper on Iranian Islamic Republic Day

On 6 January 1978 an article appeared in Ettela'at suggesting Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was a British agent serving colonialism. [5] The next day, clerics in Qom protested and the police demanded they disperse. When they refused, police opened fire and at least twenty people were killed. Iranian media displayed outrage, which increased tensions leading up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. [5]

"Iran and Red and Black Colonization" was the title of an article written by Ahmad Rashidi Motlagh published in Ettela'at newspaper on 7 January 1978. The article was used to attack Ruhollah Khomeini, described as an Indian Sayyed, who later founded the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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On 31 January 1979, Kayhan and Ettela'at papers announced that Khomeini would return from Paris the other day. Ettela'at's title was "tomorrow morning at 9, visiting Imam in Tehran." The news led to the flow of millions of people from different cities to Tehran. [6] In 1979, the newspaper published Firing Squad in Iran , a photo showing Kurdish militants being executed by Iranian authorities. The photo would later go on to win the 1980 Pulitzer Prize, attributed to "Anonymous," but later was revealed in 2006 to be photographer Jahangir Razmi.

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  6. "11 Bahman 1357, tomorrow morning at 9, visiting Imam in Tehran".