Canada’s Restrictions on Scientists’ Speech Raise Concerns

By Gilberto Silber Schmidt

Labex Korea – Canadian’s researchers have been restricted on their ability to speak directly to the public and press, as empathized by the article published by Science last week. The rules established, in 2007, for the relation with the public and press by Environment Canada, an agency similar to the U.S. National Oceanic an Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), have hindered communication between journalists and scientists, said Magaret Munro, a reporter of Posmedia News in Canada, saying that a lot of reports have stopped trying. When researchers are allowed to speak, they are sometimes given approved messages to relay to reporters.

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