International Call For Action To Stop Intimidation Of Scientists By The Asbestos Industry

May 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Scientists have a professional and ethical duty to put forward evidence-based scientific information. When public health is involved and peoples' lives are at risk, this duty is especially critical.

It is reprehensible that the asbestos industry is currently threatening scientists with legal action because these scientists have acted in conformity with their professional and ethical duty and have put forward evidence-based scientific information regarding harm caused by all forms of asbestos. The asbestos industry is endeavouring to suppress this information.

These tactics of intimidation by the asbestos industry are a threat to all scientists, a threat to freedom of speech and a threat to public health. They create a climate of fear, which deters others from putting forward evidence-based science that is displeasing to vested interests. This undermines the safety and well being of all citizens. In addition, these tactics of intimidation cause great personal, emotional and financial stress on the scientists targeted and their families.

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