Confronting U.S. censorship … from Iran

Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Human Rights activist and lawyer, is suing the U.S. Treasury Department because the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) prohibits the publications of books by Iranian authors (unless the work is completed without the involvement of any American citizens). The Dallas Morning News (subscription req’d) is carrying an article by Ebadi where she describes how she cannot publish her memoirs in the U.S.: “it would be illegal for an American literary agent, publisher, editor or translator to help me.” Legal documents concerning the case are available here.

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