CHILL FACTOR

Publishers fight a porn label

''It looked like a blacklist, it smelled like a blacklist,'' says Barry Lynn, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. ''If any letter has a chilling effect, this one froze people.'' The document in question is a letter that Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on Pornography mailed to 23 retailers last February saying that the panel had ''received testimony alleging that your company is involved in the sale or distribution of pornography.'' The letter also contained an ominous invitation: ''The Commission has determined that it would be appropriate to allow your company an opportunity to respond to the allegations prior...

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