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April 14, 2009



what?!? you can still embargo a story? and hope to keep in under wraps? someone must have a time machine...

Alastair McKenzie

Embargoes still exist. Often so that sales & marketing strategies can be co-ordinated.

Remember "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress" (and therefore couldn't be embargoed by definition), "everything else is advertising" - Lord Northcliffe.

A colleague of mine, David Atkinson, has just blogged about falling foul of his publisher's embargo ( http://bit.ly/gY6F0 ) for which he is now in hot water!

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