US societies to defy ban on editing articles from embargoed countries

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:543
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A group of American scientific societies is planning to defy a recent US government ruling that has prevented their journals from publishing work by scientists from Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, and Sudan, all countries subject to US trade embargoes.

    Historically, US trade embargoes have regulated the transfer of goods but not of information, as law makers believed that a free exchange of ideas would encourage democratic development in the targeted countries. Trade legislation has normally specified journal articles and other written material as exempt from regulation.

    But last September the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers trade embargoes, announced that any …

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