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Iran row over parliament reporter
President Khatami in parliament
Iran's reformist movement has lost power in parliament
Eleven Iranian papers are boycotting parliament in protest at the expulsion of a journalist who reported that MPs had given themselves a large pay rise.

Massih Ali-Nejad also reported that MPs had voted to receive a New Year's bonus of more than $1,000.

Some MPs accused her of being rude, and theft and flirting with male deputies in order to get her scoop.

Parliament is dominated by conservative MPs who advocate spiritual values and claim to want to stamp out materialism.

Some MPs alleged Ms Ali-Nejad had stolen the pay slips she obtained as proof of the pay rise - something she has denied.

One member of the steering committee of parliament told a newspaper that over his dead body would he allow her back into the house.

But the minority reformist faction in parliament has issued a statement calling the expulsion illegal.

Some her colleagues have asked the MPs to provide more transparent reasons for the action against her.

They say that, even if it were true, being rude cannot be sufficient grounds for being banned from parliament.

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