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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3681

WMA condemns Australia for trying to gag doctors at asylum seeker detention centres: The World Medical Association’s president, Xavier Deau, and chair, Ardis Hoven, have written to Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, calling on the Australian government to allow doctors to speak out about the health of asylum seekers in Australian detention centres. The recent Australian Border Force Act threatens anyone who discloses information obtained while working at a detention centre with a two year prison sentence. “This is in striking conflict with basic principles of medical ethics. Physicians have to raise their voice, if necessary publicly, when health conditions of their patients, be those free or in detention, are unacceptable,” the letter says. (See also Personal Views (BMJ 2015;350:h3269, doi:10.1136/bmj.h3269; 2015;350:h3256, doi:10.1136/bmj.h3256))

Dutch universities plan to boycott Elsevier after it fails to agree open access deal: Universities in the Netherlands are to ask their researchers to resign from editor in chief posts with Elsevier journals because the publisher will not agree an …

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