Kayhan was first established in Iran in 1942 by the late Dr. Mostafa Mesbahzadeh. By 1978 it had become not only the most respected newspaper with a daily distribution of one million copies in Iran but it was also the largest press group in the Middle East. Therefore it was not surprising that after 1978, the revolutionary government decided to keep the title and turn it into the mouthpiece of the hardcore revolutionary rightist clerics. Indeed its managing editor is an appointee of the Office of the Supreme Leader.
The imprisonment of many of its pre-revolutionary writers and editors did not impede Dr. Mesbahzadeh to re-launch the paper as a weekly in London in the early 1980s. The publicationâ€™s writers and contributors come from across the Iranian political spectrum, i. e. monarchist, republican, leftist, and IRI reformists. Distributed to over 30 countries in the world, Kayhan became the intellectual home for Iranians and an opinion maker for pluralism and liberalism in Iran. Our priority remains the quality of analysis and the diverse range of opinions expressed in each of our issues.
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