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The Ettela’at is one of the oldest newspaper in Iran. The  Persian word ettelaat means information. It is the oldest one not only in newspaper category but also in the publication sector in the country.

Ettala’at  started its journey about 9 decades ago in 1926. The circulation of the paper was 15,000 copies during the reign of Reza Shah. The paper has a conservative stance and focuses on political, cultural, social and economic news. Mohmoud Doai is the Editor of the Ettelaat.
The publisher of the daily is Iran Chap Organisation and their headquarter is in Tehran.
Ettelaat has retained their goodwill for some of their issues.  On 6 January 1978 an article appeared in Ettela’at suggesting Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was a British agent serving colonialism. The next day, clerics in Qom protested and the police took actions against them. When they refused, police opened fire and at least twenty people were killed.
Iranian media displayed outraged, which increased tensions leading up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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. 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.

According to Alexa, the Global Rank of the daily is 67, 564 and the Rank in Iran 1,725.  The popularity of the daily has crossed the border. A good number of people from United States, Afghanistan, Germany, Netherlands regularly visit the online page of Ettelaat.

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