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Government scientists “heavily restricted” in communicating their work, MPs told

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3382 (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3382
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Scientists working in government funded institutes are unable to speak freely about their work, MPs have been told.

Fiona Fox, chief executive of the Science Media Centre, told the House of Commons science and technology select committee’s inquiry into science communication that government funded scientists were reluctant to speak freely.

“There is a huge commitment from this government to public engagement, the government office for science, and the wonderful chief scientist, but I see that in contradiction to the fact that government scientists are heavily restricted,” Fox told MPs.

“These are research active scientists that are employed in government institutes. The reason they are not allowed to speak freely is because it is assumed …

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