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OECD wants to punish German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung for PISA education study embargo break

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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) plans to ban one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Süddeutsche Zeitung, from access to its embargoed materials following the paper’s story about a recent OECD report published ahead of an embargo last week.

The education performance report, known as PISA and “based on surveys of half a million 15-year-old students in 65 countries,” according to my colleague Brian Love, was embargoed until 11 a.m. Central European Time, but Süddeutsche Zeitung had a report in its Tuesday edition, out long before.

Die Tageszeitung, another news outlet, reported the planned sanctions on Friday. The responsible Süddeutsche Zeitung editor, Tanjev Schultz, told Die Tageszeitung he couldn’t reveal the source of his paper’s information. He noted, however, that the paper had reported the PISA results on Monday, before OECD had even provided the embargoed information.

Still, the OECD saw the Tuesday story as an embargo violation, and plans to bar Süddeutsche Zeitung from embargoed access for six months.

This isn’t the first time OECD has punished an alleged embargo breaker. In 2007, Magniset, a magazine for Spanish teachers, lost access for several months after German OECD coordinator Andreas Schleicher commented on the results before the end of the embargo period, Die Tageszeitung reported.

Hat tip: Marcus Anhaeuser. Thanks to Nancy Lapid for translating the tag.de story.

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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