DATE=4/25/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN / PRESS CRACKDOWN (L-O) NUMBER=2-261694 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's press crackdown continues; the conservative press court has suspended 14 pro- reformist publications until further notice. But, as Lisa Bryant reports from Cairo, the court ended its ban on one daily newspaper. TEXT: After closing 14 newspapers and journals in two days, judiciary officials later lifted a ban on the daily Sobh-e-Emruz newspaper late Monday. The newspaper lashed out Tuesday at the press crackdown in an editorial, and said conservative hard-liners had, in its words - no standing with the public. The newspaper is headed by a pro-reformist journalist, Saeed Hajjarian, who was shot and seriously wounded in March. It is not clear who attacked Mr. Hajjarian, although the trial of eight suspects in his shooting has opened. Hundreds of students in Tehran stayed away from classes, and demonstrated to protest the press crackdown and to express their support for President Mohammed Khatami. Iran's press has flourished under Mr. Khatami, who is a former journalist. The president's brother, Mohammed-Reza Khatami, heads a newspaper - one of the few reformist publications not included in the press ban. But even the president's brother - who was recently elected to parliament - has not escaped censure. He has been summoned to court on charges of violating press guidelines. In addition, two prominent journalists were imprisoned Saturday and Sunday, and last week Iran's parliament passed tough new press restrictions. The country's conservative spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khameini, harshly criticized what he called un-Islamic elements in the media. Iran's press court defends the crackdown as a way to stop what it considers enemy elements in the press from attacking the values of the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. Conservative politicians, some journalists, and hard-line clerics have echoed this argument, and criticized the publications for failing to promote Islamic values. But critics say the crackdowns reflect a larger conservative backlash against reformists, who swept the polls in parliamentary elections in February. Since then, some reformist gains have been eroded by Iran's conservative Council of Guardians. The body, which controls legislative matters, has voided wins by 10-reformists. It also has not yet validated first- round election results, or set a date for run-offs. (SIGNED) NEB/LB/JWH/ENE/RAE 25-Apr-2000 12:05 PM EDT (25-Apr-2000 1605 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .