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European Cancer Congress lifts all embargoes after abstracts fall into financial analysts’ hands

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logo_eccoThe European Cancer Congress, the conference of the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), sent this email to its press list a little while ago:

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are lifting embargoes on all European Cancer Congress press releases as of now. The abstracts are all online now, including late-breaking abstracts. They can be found here:

http://eccamsterdam2013.ecco-org.eu/Scientific-Programme/Searchable-Programme.aspx#anchorScpr

Therefore, for the remainder of the Congress we will email out the rest of our press releases either on the day of presentation to the congress or the press conference (whichever is earlier) and they will be for immediate release.

What happened? ECCO tells Embargo Watch:

What’s happened is that we have discovered that late breaking abstracts (including those in the presidential sessions and in the media programme) have been made available to registered participants attending the Congress. We don’t know exactly what has happened, but this information appears to have gone beyond the confines of the congress and reached a number of financial analysts. Many of the abstracts contained commercially sensitive information and therefore we had to create a level playing field for all by making all the abstracts immediately available online and lifting the embargoes on the releases that we have already issued.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Let’s establish some basic facts:

    1. ECCO are a bunch of douche canoes for blaming Wall St. analysts for their own incompetence.

    2. You cannot embargo information that you hand out to thousands of people.

    3. Let’s repeat No. 2, with emphasis: YOU CANNOT EMBARGO INFORMATION THAT YOU HAND OUT TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE!!!!!

    — Adam Feuerstein, TheStreet

    adam feuerstein

    September 28, 2013 at 10:29 am


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