WHO media sanctions have little effect

Apparently, the punishment the World Health Organization (WHO) meted out to the New York Times for linkurl:breaking an embargo last week;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53943/ didn't deter other media outlets from doing the same yesterday and today. Early this morning -- 4:28 EST, to be precise -- the WHO sent out a notice to its media list saying that an embargo on a story about children's medicines was being lifted immediately because it had been broken. I searched Google News for

Ivan Oransky
Dec 5, 2007
Apparently, the punishment the World Health Organization (WHO) meted out to the New York Times for linkurl:breaking an embargo last week;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53943/ didn't deter other media outlets from doing the same yesterday and today. Early this morning -- 4:28 EST, to be precise -- the WHO sent out a notice to its media list saying that an embargo on a story about children's medicines was being lifted immediately because it had been broken. I searched Google News for stories based on the press release, and found two news organizations that seem to have broken the embargo, if the Google News and the sites' own time stamps are correct: The linkurl:Matangi Tonga;http://www.matangitonga.to/article/children_061207_0531_pf.shtml and the linkurl:Voice of America. ;http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-12-05-voa34.cfm The Tonga story is time-stamped 05:31, and Tonga is 13 hours ahead of GMT, so it was posted sometime yesterday GMT time. If you're confused, I can't quite figure out when either, but it...

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