03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WHO Smacks Down NYT For Violating Press Embargo

he World Health Organization plays hardball (of sorts) with journalists who run afoul of them.

Here's what happened... In a November 29 piece, Celia Dugger of the New York Times reported that measles deaths in Africa have declined by 91% from 396,000 in 2000 to 36,000 in 2006.

Only it turns out those statistics were under a WHO press embargo.

In retribution, the WHO banned all Times reporters from speaking to the WHO for two weeks.

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