Tuesday, January 4

OFAC Eases Edit Debit for Enemy Prose

American Society of Newspaper Editors: OFAC lifts editing ban:
The U.S. Treasury?s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a ruling that allows for any editing required the publication of books, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines or other informational materials. Previously, the misguided rule said, for example, that if a newspaper edited or translated commentary or opinion pieces from Cuban writers and then published that material then it might be subject to prosecution by OFAC. Running them unedited (or untranslated), on the other hand, was acceptable. ASNE, the International Press Institute and several other groups had written letters excoriating the office for this interpretation and several book publishers had filed a lawsuit regarding the matter. To see a copy of OFAC?s press release regarding the ruling, go to http://www.treasury.gov/press/releases/js2152.htm


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