Editor Mohmoud Doai
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
|Publisher Iran Chap Organisation|
Staff writers Abbas Masoudi
|Founded 10 July 1926; 90 years ago (1926-07-10)|
Ettela'at (Persian: اطلاعات lit. Information) is a Persian language daily newspaper published in Iran. It is among the oldest publications in the country.
History and profile
Ettala'at was started 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.
On 6 January 1978 an article appeared in Ettela'at suggesting Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was a homosexual and a serving British agent. 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 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.