Summer School

The ABSW has signed a joint letter to the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General expressing concern about revisions to the Civil Service Code that could prevent scientsts responding to the needs of journalists. 

The letter has been signed by:

Martin Ince, President, ABSW

Sir Colin Blakemore, Honorary President ABSW

Fiona Fox, Chief Executive, Science Media Centre

Dr Ed Sykes, Chair of Stempra

The Guardian have now taken up the story:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/27/francis-maude-warned-by-scientists-over-chilling-effect-of-new-media-rules

As have Science

http://news.sciencemag.org/europe/2015/03/u-k-government-scientists-hit-media-restrictions

The Medical Journalists Association has also sent a letter to Rt Hon Francis Maude

Nature reports clarification over the code and Research Councils

http://www.nature.com/news/uk-clarifies-controversial-media-restrictions-on-scientists-1.17255

Stephen Straus, President of the Canadian Science Writers' Association has provided this link describing the timeline of Canada's muzzling of scientists

http://sciencewriters.ca/initiatives/muzzling_canadian_federal_scientists/