H. Shariatmadari

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About H. Shariatmadari Hossein Shariatmadari is the managing editor of Kayhan, the best known conservative Iranian newspaper. Before the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Shariatmadari was allegedly tortured by Iranian Shah's Police or SAVAK (which later mophed into Islamic Republic's SAVAMA).In 2006, the British ambassador to Tehran met Shariatmadari and acknowledged the role of Kayhan in Iran and the region. 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. On February 12, 2009, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of hardliner newspaper Kayhan, wrote a controversial article suggesting former President Muhammad Khatami might be assassinated if he ran again for president, as had ex-president of Pakistan's Binazir Bhutto. 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."

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9. Masoud Behnoud 3061
10. Isa Saharkhiz 2651
11. Adel Ferdosipur 2529
12. Akbar Ganji 2512
13. H. Shariatmadari 2489
14. Nikahang Kowsar 446
15. Ahmad Bourghani 262
16. Mohammad Ghouchani 182
17. Golagha 136

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69. Isa Saharkhiz 2651
70. Soledad OBrien 2610
71. Adel Ferdosipur 2529
72. Akbar Ganji 2512
73. H. Shariatmadari 2489
74. Hasan Karakaya 2341
75. Ali Bulac 2309
76. William Waack 2224
77. Dragan P. Latas 2200

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