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Tehran Times began in 1979 as a foreign-language newspaper to air the voice of the Islamic Revolution. The policy that the newspaper has been following has been based on the guideline set by Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who said: "Tehran Times is not a state-owned newspaper, rather it must be the voice of the Islamic Revolution and the oppressed people in the world.” Since the beginning of Iranian calendar year 1390 (21 March 2011) all the newspaper’s pages are printed in color. Some Americans are contributors supportive of Iran, such as conservative Paul Craig Roberts. The paper described American geoscientist Leuren Moret as being "on a crusade to stop wars and weapons testing". 
In 2002, Tehran Times established a news agency which later came to be known as the Mehr News Agency (MNA). Now, Tehran Times and the MNA are run by a single management system with MNA staff triple that of Tehran Times. MNA is one of the outlets for the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security (Iran), accused by dissident groups of planting false stories in the media. Ali Asgari is the managing director of the Tehran Times and Mehr News Agency since May 2014.
The management system has decided to expand the activities of the newspaper by publishing it in some foreign countries. For example, efforts have been made to publish 2000 print versions of the newspaper in Malaysia in the second half of Iranian calendar year 1390 (which ended on 19 March 2012).
- "About Tehran Times". Tehran Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- Ali, Aishah (18 March 2008). "Aishah Ali’s interview with geoscientist Leuren Moret". Tehran Times.
- Raymond Tanter, "Tehran's Anti-MeK Propaganda Machine", October 27, 2011.