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DATE=6/18/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN PRESS (S) CQ NUMBER=2-263581 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's new reformist parliament is calling for an urgent review of the country's restrictive press law. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports the motion follows the closure of more than two-dozen publications earlier this year by the country's hard- line press court. TEXT: The motion for a speedy review of Iran's tough press legislation is one of the first pieces of business taken up by the new parliament, which opened late last month. The motion was endorsed by a large majority of Iran's new lawmakers. Many also signed a letter urging the country's judiciary head to respect press freedom and the rights of prisoners of conscience. Iran's last, conservative-dominated parliament passed a restrictive press law in April, shortly before dissolving. Among other things, the legislation imposes stiffer punishments for press offenses and gives courts greater powers to sanction newspapers. Iran's reformist press has been under attack this year - especially during parliament elections. The conservative press court has suspended 18-publications - almost all of them allied to the policies of Iran's moderate president, Mohammed Khatami. Reformist politicians, who swept the country's legislative elections, vowed overturning the new press law would be a key priority. (SIGNED) NEB / LB / WD/RAE 18-Jun-2000 08:27 AM EDT (18-Jun-2000 1227 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .