NASA Scientists have been gagged in the US in the past–now Canadian scientists are complaining that their vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.

On BBC News, Pallab Ghosh quotes university scientist Thomas Pedersen as saying, "The Prime Minister (Stephen Harper) is keen to keep control of the message, I think to ensure that the government won’t be embarrassed by scientific findings of its scientists that run counter to sound environmental stewardship. I suspect the federal government would prefer that its scientists don’t discuss research that points out just how serious the climate change challenge is."

A 2008 media protocol introduced by the new government shortly after it was elected says that all interview requests for scientists employed by the government must first be cleared by officials. These requests are often refused. Ghosh quotes environmental scientist Andrew Weaver as saying that the protocol is "’Orwellian’. The information is so tightly controlled that the public is left in the dark."

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