Treasury Department forbids publishers to edit manuscripts from Iran

The U.S. Treasury Department is trying to intimidate publishers into passing up manuscripts from Iran:

It has warned publishers they may face grave legal consequences for editing manuscripts from Iran and other disfavored nations, on the ground that such tinkering amounts to trading with the enemy.

Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo is forbidden to reorder paragraphs or sentences, correct syntax or grammar, or replace “inappropriate words,” according to several advisory letters from the Treasury Department in recent months…. only publication of “camera-ready copies of manuscripts” is allowed.


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