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Urge Federal Agencies to Let Scientists Speak Out

While federal government scientists play a critical role in protecting our health, safety, and environment, many report that they are often discouraged from sharing their scientific research and analysis with the media and the public.

A recent investigation by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the media policies and practices of some federal agencies effectively censor scientists, impeding their ability to discuss their work with their peers and with interested journalists who convey research findings to the public.

Other federal agencies such as NASA have changed their policies to allow their scientists far greater freedom in meeting their public service missions, demonstrating that it is possible for the government to do better.

Please urge federal agency leaders to improve their agencies' media policies to allow their scientists to speak out about research findings that impact our lives.

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