Reed Elsevier to stop hosting arms exhibitions

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1182
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. London

    Reed Elsevier, the global publisher that owns the Lancet, has announced that it will no longer take part in organising arms fairs.

    For more than three years Reed Elsevier has owned the company Spearhead Exhibitions, which has hosted some of the largest international defence exhibitions. This connection has angered some members of the medical and scientific community.

    Sir Crispin Davis, chief executive officer of the company, said last week, “Our defence shows are quality businesses which have performed well in recent years. None the less, it has become increasingly clear …

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