If you ever pass by Ostad Nejatollahi Street at Bimeh Alley you will see a sign surrounded by jasmine branches on the wall of an old house, which leads you to Iran’s first English daily newspaper, the Tehran Times. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, there was a need for an international media outlet to export the ideas of the revolution.
Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti realized the need and the English-language Tehran Times was born concurrently with the revolution. The daily’s general policy was based on Ayatollah Beheshti’s statement: “The Tehran Times is not the newspaper of the government; it must be a loud voice of the Islamic Revolution and the loudspeaker of the oppressed people of the world”.
This sentence is written on the exterior wall of the newspaper’s offices, so that it is always remembered by the staff as a motto. Now, after nearly three decades, the Tehran Times has become a strong tree, the fruit of which is attracting readers from over 80 different countries. Every day, the newspaper staff comes together from different parts of the metropolis of Tehran to present their work on the next day in 16 pages at the newsstands. The Tehran Times covers domestic, political, social, foreign, and sports news and also includes commentary.
Due to its accepted duties, the Tehran Times makes a special effort to publish reports on cultural and religious issues. For Islamic celebrations and religious occasions, the culture and arts page is dedicated to the event. To make the content more colorful, additional stories on Iran’s tourist attractions, women’s issues, children’s issues, and the Internet are also included and those interested can read them on special pages every week. The Tehran Times has become a reliable news source for hundreds of foreign media outlets as well as envoys from different countries based in Tehran, who read it to learn about the country’s current events. The Tehran Times also has an educational function since English language students use it as a source to learn Standard English. www.tehrantimes.com is among the most frequently visited websites with over 10,000 visitors each day.