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Canada’s QMI Agency slapped with six-month ban after breaking embargo

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QMIAgency_logoThe QMI Agency, publisher of the Sun newspapers across Canada, has earned a six-month ban from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) after breaking an embargo last week.

Crystal Mohr, CIHI’s media coordinator, tells Embargo Watch it was the QMI Agency that broke the embargo. She sent this message to her press list Thursday:

This email is to inform you that there has been a breach of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s embargo policy. The HSMR 2012 report, due to be released at 3:00 pm ET today, is now available for publication without embargo restrictions. The media advisory is below and the information will be available shortly at www.cihi.ca.

As per our policy, the outlet in breach of the agreement will face immediate sanctions. Its embargo privileges have been revoked for six months because this is not its first offense. Our embargo policy is clear: no breach will be tolerated, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or media@cihi.ca.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Here’s more on the report itself, from the CBC.

Hat tip: Andre Picard

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Written by Ivan Oransky

December 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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