Aftab-e Yazd (آفتاب یزد lit. "The Yazd Sun") is a Persian-language daily reformist newspaper published in Tehran, Iran. The title of the paper means “the sun of Yazd” in Persian.[1]

Aftab Yazd
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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherMojtaba Vahedi
FoundedAugust 2000; 23 years ago (2000)
Political alignmentReformist
Circulation100,000 (2008 est.)
WebsiteAftab-e Yazd

History and profileEdit

Aftab Yazd was started in August 2000.[2] The paper, based in Tehran, is affiliated with the Association of Combatant Clerics (of which former President Mohammad Khatami is a leading member).[3][4] The paper focuses on political, cultural, social and economic news.[5]

In June 2005, before the 2005 presidential election, the paper along with another one, Eqbal, published the letter of presidential candidate Mahdi Karroubi to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.[6] Upon this publication both papers were banned for one day by Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court.[6] The daily was also temporarily ceased in June 2009 following the presidential elections.[4] In December 2009 it was again warned by the ministry of culture for publishing "divisive" material.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Media Environment Guide: Iran" (PDF). BBC Monitoring. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. ^ Andrew North (21 October 2000). "'Moderate' paper faces Iranian court". BBC. Tehran. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Notable Middle Eastern News Media". NYU Law and Security. 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Various newspapers banned and censored". CPJ via IFEX. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. ^ Abdolrasoul Jowkar; Fereshteh Didegah (2010). "Evaluating Iranian newspapers' web sites using correspondence analysis". Library Hi Tech. 28 (1): 119–130. doi:10.1108/07378831011026733.
  6. ^ a b "Iranian reformist newspapers Eqbal and Aftab Yazd banned". Payvand. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  7. ^ Four Iranian Newspapers Threatened by Authorities Payvand 5 December 2009.

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