Hossein Shariatmadari

Hossein Shariatmadari (Persian: حسین شريعتمداری) is the managing editor of Kayhan, a conservative Iranian newspaper.

Hossein Shariatmadari
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Born1948 (age 74–75)
Political partyAssociation of Muslim Journalists[1]
Military career
Service/branchRevolutionary Guards[2]


A strong supporter of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he has been described as being "a close confidant of Iran’s supreme leader" Ali Khamenei, and as having "links" to Iran's intelligence services.[3]

On 17 April 2012 Shariatmadari published an editorial in which he stressed Iran's right to enrich uranium to 99%.[4]


After the controversial 2009 election and weeks of protest, Shariatmadari wrote an editorial in Kayhan alleging that defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was trying to "escape punishment for murdering innocent people, holding riots, cooperating with foreigners and acting as America's fifth column inside the country" and called for Mousavi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami to be tried in court for "horrible crimes and treason."[5]

In 2020, Shariatmadari said that the Holocaust "was falsely claimed by Zionist and Western governments" and that the real Holocaust was of Christians in Najran by Yemenite Jews in 524 CE. The article, shared by the semi-official Fars News Agency, was condemned as an antisemitic promotion of Holocaust denial.[6][7]


  1. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. July 30, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  2. ^ Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader; Lydia Hansell (31 December 2008). The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Rand Corporation. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-8330-4680-2. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ Worth, Robert F. (June 21, 2009). "Up in Arms, A Struggle for the Legacy of the Iranian Revolution". New York Times.
  4. ^ "ARRICCHIRE URANIO AL 99% UN DIRITTO DELL'IRAN?". nopasdaran2.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  5. ^ Hardliner calls opposition leader US agent. Associated Press, July 4, 2009 accessed 7-July-2009
  6. ^ i24NEWS. "Pushing Holocaust Denial, Iranian Media Claims Jews Perpetrated Genocide In Yemen". I24news. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  7. ^ "Iran media pushes Holocaust denial: Jews perpetrated mass murder in Yemen". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2022-01-06.

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