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Paul Nurse On Freedom Of Information: Climate Scientists Bemoan Truth

YOU want freedom of information? You can’t handle freedom of information:

Freedom of information laws are being misused to harass scientists and should be re-examined by the government, according to the president of the Royal Society.

Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse told the Guardian that some climate scientists were being targeted by organised campaigns of requests for data and other research materials, aimed at intimidating them and slowing down research. He said the behaviour was turning freedom of information laws into a way to intimidate some scientists.

Bishop Hill takes a look at the facts:

UEA [Universtity of East Englia] answered all the 50-odd requests by pointing requesters to the same web page. The whole process could have taken them no longer than an hour.

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Posted: 27th, May 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment