Thousands of Canadian Scientists Report Muzzling by Federal Authorities
According to the CBC, a recent poll of over 4,000 federal scientists conducted by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, found significant government interference in the reporting of scientific results by federal researchers. Almost one quarter of respondents reported being asked to alter their findings prior to reporting them in official government documentation.
We first reported this story back in May 2012, where we showed a video of Liberal MP Ted Hsu discussing the issue in the House of Commons. Unfortunately, nothing has changed since that time, and this most recent survey is shocking in just how big of a problem this issue has become.
Highlights of the survey include:
- a huge number of respondents reporting muzzling the reporting of scientific results in cases affecting Canadian health and safety
- 71% of scientists claim that political interference has compromised ability to develop policy law based on scientific evidence
- only a small minority of scientists (10%) feel that they can speak freely about their results without risking government censorship
For the full CBC story visit Muzzling of federal scientists widespread.