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Union urges Canadian government to lift gag on scientists

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union that represents government scientists, has launched a campaign to end the “muzzling” of government scientists.

Government scientists face tough rules that in many cases prevent them from speaking publicly about their research. A survey published by PIPSC in October found that 90 per cent of government scientists say they are not allowed to speak freely to the media.

“With few exceptions, government scientific findings should be shared freely with the media and the public who paid for them,” states the Let the Science Speak! campaign website. “There is no argument—democratic or scientific—that justifies the continued silencing of scientists.”

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