WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2012)—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has launched a local-language edition of its official journal, National Geographic magazine, in Iran. This is the first time National Geographic has published in Iran. The local-language edition will be published in Farsi under the title “Gita Nama.” Babak Nikkhah Bahrami is the publisher.
Gita Nama will give readers access to the original content of the publication that has set the standard for excellence in reporting and photography for nearly 125 years. The magazine will be published as a monthly and will be available at popular newsstand kiosks and bookstores throughout Tehran. The single-issue newsstand price is 150,000 rials ($5.30 USD).
“We’re proud to offer the Iranian people a magazine that speaks to them in their language. The new edition will offer the people of Iran content, features and images in furtherance of our educational and scientific mission,” said Terry Adamson, executive vice president for the National Geographic Society. “With each monthly publication we hope to grow our audience and replicate the success we have seen with our other local-language editions.”
“Our launch of the magazine has received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the readers and the media in Iran,” said Nikkah Bahrami. “The initial response indicates that Iranian readers have a strong affinity for the National Geographic Society and its publications. We are proud to introduce the first local-language edition of the magazine in Farsi, and we look forward to extending our reach in Iran as we move forward.”
Published in English since 1888, National Geographic magazine provides in-depth editorial coverage of cultures, nature, science and technology. The magazine reaches more than 60 million readers worldwide every month. In addition to its English edition, the magazine now appears in 37 local-language editions: Japanese, Spanish (separate editions for Spain and Latin America), Italian, Hebrew, Greek, French, German, Polish, Korean, Portuguese (separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Chinese (traditional characters), Chinese (simple characters), Finnish, Turkish, Thai, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Croatian, Bahasa, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Serbian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Estonian, Latvian, Georgian, Mongolian and Iranian.
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