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Consequences of information suppression in ecological and conservation sciences

DA Driscoll, GE Garrard, AM Kusmanoff, S Dovers, M Maron, N Preece, RL Pressey, EG Ritchie

Conservation Letters | Wiley | Published : 2021

Abstract

Suppressing expert knowledge can hide environmentally damaging practices and policies from public scrutiny. We surveyed ecologists and conservation scientists from universities, government, and industry across Australia to understand the prevalence and consequences of suppressing science communication. Government (34%) and industry (30%) respondents reported higher rates of undue interference by employers than did university respondents (5%). Internal communications (29%) and media (28%) were curtailed most, followed by journal articles (11%), and presentations (12%). When university and industry researchers avoided public commentary, this was mainly for fear of media misrepresentation, whil..

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