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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) NNNN Source: Voice of America .