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More “responsible” science reporting is needed, Leveson inquiry hears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8051
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The media must ensure that they report science and scientific studies much more carefully and understand their “huge responsibility” to do so, the Science Media Centre has said in its evidence to the Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the press.

The centre, an independent press office for science, has warned that “the public are ill served by a media that emphasises the most alarming figures when the scientists are saying that these are the least likely scenario.”

It said that the public still got most of its information about science from the mass media, including daily newspapers, and that “the potential of the media to influence and inform the public on science” …

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