This week in Canada, the Harper regime decreed:
Henceforth, there will be no talk of climate change from any meteorologist employed by the Canadian Meteorological Service (a division of Environment Canada).
Investigative reporter Mike De Souza revealed the new ban here.
A government official who is permitted to talk to the media – but not to say anything of substance – told De Souza that meteorologists are qualified to talk about extreme weather, but not climate.
The ban – officially known as a “communications protocol” – extends the Harper regime’s aggressive silencing of scientists whose research might provoke questions about the regime’s pro-corporate, anti-environment agenda. True to the most insidious forms of censorship, the boundaries of what’s forbidden are not specified.
Apparently this ongoing reign of terror works. De Souza reports that, since the government’s 2007 decree that all federal scientists must obtain management approval before giving any interviews on their research, an internal Environment Canada analysis noted an 80 per cent drop in media coverage of climate change issues.
Fortunately, scientists are resisting. Follow their stories in Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, autumn 2014 from Between the Lines.