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Federal scientists go public in face of restrictive media rules

Oct 20, 2010, 17:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The union that represents federal government scientists has created a website – PublicScience.ca – to give a voice to the work of its members.

"The move comes weeks after it was revealed that new restrictive rules have been placed on scientists at the Natural Resources department requiring them to clear a number of hoops, including approval from the minister's director of communications, before they may speak with the press about their work.

"While Natural Resources was singled out, reporters and scientists across a wide range of departments are well aware that the government frowns upon direct communication between its employees and the media without prior approval."

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