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Urge Federal Agencies to Let Scientists Speak Out

Many scientists play a critical role every day in protecting our health, safety, and environment by working at government agencies. Unfortunately, many report being discouraged from sharing their scientific research and analysis with the public.

In fact, a Union of Concerned Scientists investigation 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 journalists and to convey research findings to the public.

The government must do better—and in some cases, it is. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for example, has changed its policies to allow scientists far greater freedom to discuss their research and findings with people outside the agency.

To truly protect public health, safety, and the environment, scientists employed by government agencies must feel free to speak out about research findings that impact our lives.

Please urge agency leaders to improve their media policies and let government scientists speak out.

Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!

Read our report card on federal agency media policies. Learn more about what NOAA is doing right.

Please send this message to administrators of our federal scientific and regulatory agencies

Dear federal agency leaders,



In order to meet your public service mission, your agency should allow scientists to effectively communicate about their scientific research and expertise. A model media policy can be found here: http://ucsusa.org/modelmediapolicy.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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