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The regulations were first challenged in a lawsuit filed on September 27, 2004, by the association of American Publishers Professional and Schlarly Publishind division (AAP/PSP), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), PEN American Center (PEN), and Arcade Publishing. The OFAC regulations forbid the publication of many books and articles by authors in Iran, Cuba and Sudan.
In her court filing, Ms. Ebdi decries the “enforced silence” the OFAC regulations impose, calling it “a critical missed opportunity both for Americans to learn more about my country and its people from a variety of Iranian voices and for a better understanding to be achieved between our two countries”. She argues in her suit that restrictions on the publication of books by authors in countries subject to US sanctions are unconstitutional.