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DATE=4/26/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=IRAN CRACKDOWN (L-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-261736
BYLINE=LISA BRYANT
DATELINE=CAIRO
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO:  Iran's Press Court has issued a warning to the 
brother of President Mohammed Khatami, whose newspaper 
remains among the few reformist publications to escape 
a press ban.  Meanwhile, Lisa Bryant reports from 
Cairo that Iranian students continue to protest the 
crackdown.
TEXT:  News reports from Tehran says hundreds of 
students demonstrated peacefully against a series of 
tough measures taken recently against Iran's pro-
reform press.  The protests at Tehran's technical 
university add to a string of student demonstrations 
during the past three-days against the closure of 13 
publications by the country's conservative Press 
Court. 
A judge has issued a warning against a 14th 
publication - the daily Mosharekat newspaper, headed 
by President Khatami's brother, Mohammed Reza Khatami.
According to Iran's state radio, the judge criticized 
recent changes to the newspaper's content and layout 
that were made without official authorization.  If Mr. 
Khatami refuses to heed the warning, the judge said 
so-called necessary actions would be taken.  
Mr. Khatami's paper is only one of two reformist 
dailies that have been allowed to remain in print.
// OPT //  The other is published by Saeed Hajjarian, 
a prominent journalist who was badly injured in a 
shooting last month.  Eight men implicated in his 
attack went on trial Tuesday.  But some pro-reform 
activists suspect that hard-line members in the 
government may have been behind the shooting.  // END 
OPT //
During the past month, the country's reformist press 
has faced attack from many fronts.  Conservatives led 
by the country's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khameini, 
have harshly criticized some media for promoting what 
are considered un-Islamic values.  Two prominent 
journalists were imprisoned recently, and Iran's 
outgoing parliament has passed tough new press laws. 
Analysts say the widespread crackdowns reflect a 
backlash against recent political gains by reformists 
- most notably their February sweep in Iran's 
parliamentary elections.  Experts say they also aim to 
weaken the hand of President Khatami, a former 
newspaperman who has supported a flourishing press in 
Iran.   (SIGNED)
NEB/LB/GE/RAE 
26-Apr-2000 09:27 AM EDT (26-Apr-2000 1327 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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