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Malcolm X diary sale ban extended indefinitely

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York judge has extended her ban on sales of a book containing Malcolm X’s diaries until a challenge can be heard next year.

Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan extended an order Friday that she signed two weeks ago to block the sales. She acted after heirs of Malcolm X sued to stop a Chicago company from publishing the activist leader’s diaries.

Lawyers for the heirs said Third World Press in Chicago does not have the right to publish “The Diary of Malcolm X.”

The heirs say they plan to release the diaries in two years on the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s 1965 assassination.

A lawyer for Third World said Friday the publisher has a signed contract from one of Malcolm X’s six daughters.

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