Kayhan retracts low crowd estimate article.

Kayhan retracts low crowd estimate article.
by Ari Siletz

"The staff just ran out of fingers and toes," said Hossein Shariatmadari editor in chief of Kayhan newspaper. The conservative Iran newspaper with a circulation of over 5000, yesterday underestimated a crowd of hundreds of thousands gathered in Qom to mourn the death of reformist Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. Shariatmadari says he plans to hire more staff to cover demonstrations as large as several million, meanwhile he says Kayhan will display a new banner clearly indicating its current under-estimation factor to its readers.


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for page 3 picture has put himself forward,



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by hamsade ghadimi on

just goes to show you that even for kayhan some lies are too big.  if they were conscientious journalists, then kayhan would have to retract every one of their articles in the past 30 years.


Montazeri is still alive

by divaneh on

Don't believe them Ari. The only day that Kayhan tells the truth is the April's fool day and that is because people assume the reverse and in this way Kayhan stays true to its Mission Statement. They have a very concise, to the point, 3 words statement "To Waste Paper".


Shortage of fingers you said :o))

by Monda on

This is great Ari. I'll be checking you replies to comments, humorous or not.

(btw Yesterday Guardian wrote the crowd was bigger than when Shah left, that reference was exhilarating to me, especially made by an insider.)

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با عرض معذرت، پس از دریافت دستور انتشار مقاله ای‌ به این عنوان که آیت‌الله منتظری بخدا هنوز زنده است شاخ در آوردیم و برای اولین بار خودمان رفتیم ببینیم خبر درست است یا دروغ. بدینوسیله به اطلاع هموطان میرسانیم که حضور این هیئت در قم فقط به به جهت روزنامه نگاری بی‌ طرفانه است و قصد هیچگونه جبهه گیری را ندارد.  لطفا به رهبر چیزی نگویید، ولی‌ ایندفعه دیگر شورش را در آورد. بیخود دانشگاه نرفتیم، کتاب نخوانیدم، که هر چرتی گفتند ما بنویسیم.


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MPD, real I think

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I tried to phone Kayhan staff to verify, but their answering machine said they were all in Qom demonstrating. 


"The staff just ran out of fingers and toes,"???

by HollyUSA on

LOL These people's desperation has become quite entertaining lately. Dirooz Khorma mamnoo' bood, emrooz ham angosht kam avordand.

Thanks for posting this Ari.

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