Reseearchers say estrictions on public and media access to research harm the public interest
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Canadian federal government scientists are fighting back against petty censorship efforts by the country’s conservative government. A public employees union last week launched a new website that enables researchers to speak out on the work they do on behalf of the public and environment.
The government recently established new restrictions, requiring government scientists to clear their interviews through top-level political appointees. The partial gag order was aimed in particular at scientists working in environmental and natural resource fields. Some conservation groups speculated the rules are aimed at preventing researchers from making public the full scope of the environmental impacts associated with tar sands development. (more…)